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Posted: 9/24/2004 5:14:17 PM EST
for you guys that were around for that...........................

were you drafted? were you deferred? what happened?

im just curious as i recently learned that my dads draft # was 17. lucky for him i guess though the war ended before he had to go. (did go to san antonio for his physical and all that jazz though)

for those of you that went, who were you with? what'd you do? and any stories would be interesting.................

sorry, just bored, drinking heavily and curious is all
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:18:35 PM EST
Not me. I volunteered after the draft ended and was active duty when registration was reinstated. Funny story about that, I almost had my NCO talked into letting me off for half a day to go register when he realized I was playing him.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:21:57 PM EST
I volunteered also. I had relatives drafted into the Army for service in Vietnam. Both were wounded by mortar shrapnel but, unlike sKerry, one of them refused the Purple Heart.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:22:32 PM EST
my dad is still pissed about the physical thing too...................they wouldnt let him drive himself to san antonio, they made him take the bus!!

he had a '65 289 mustang with a 4 spd. on propane, no shit.................3 10 gallon bottles in the trunk

and yes, they spy on us to write "king of the hill" episodes.................
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:25:02 PM EST
Yes, One time i was hunting and had to shit!!! Down went the drawers(and believe me it's cold in December in Pennsylvania!) and just as i stooped to shit ...IT happened, a strong wind right on the choad!!!!

Talk about a draft!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:28:39 PM EST
I have a funny story. I was drafted to goto Vietnam when I was about 6 years old. My parents thought it was a mistake and went to check it out. The draft papers were correct and it was for me, not my father. They had all my correct current info, except they didn't pay attn to my age. My father asked them "Do you take them this young??" They were not amused, but did say their must be some mistake. My parents still have my draft papers in my scrapbook at their home. This is a true story, not me BS'ing you guys.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:28:44 PM EST
2 days after I joined the Navy, I got my draft notice.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:29:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By Fireguy3:
Yes, One time i was hunting and had to shit!!! Down went the drawers(and believe me it's cold in December in Pennsylvania!) and just as i stooped to shit ...IT happened, a strong wind right on the choad!!!!

Talk about a draft!!!!!



Say this out loud.

I We Todd Did. I Sofa King We Todd Did.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:38:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By Pangea:

Originally Posted By Fireguy3:
Yes, One time i was hunting and had to shit!!! Down went the drawers(and believe me it's cold in December in Pennsylvania!) and just as i stooped to shit ...IT happened, a strong wind right on the choad!!!!

Talk about a draft!!!!!



Say this out loud.

I We Todd Did. I Sofa King We Todd Did.



+1
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:40:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/24/2004 5:40:51 PM EST by ARDOC]
ROK MPs came to my grandmas house and wanted to know why I didnt show up for boot camp when I turned 18. They were in uniform and had their batons out. I guess they were going to rough me up if I didnt cooperate and go with them. My grandma cussed them out and said that I was an American and go shove off!
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:43:01 PM EST
#74 in 1971.

Had already decided to enlist in USAF well before then. Granddad and dad were Vets. Military Service for your country was never an option with me.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 5:45:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By DOA:
I have a funny story. I was drafted to goto Vietnam when I was about 6 years old. My parents thought it was a mistake and went to check it out. The draft papers were correct and it was for me, not my father. They had all my correct current info, except they didn't pay attn to my age. My father asked them "Do you take them this young??" They were not amused, but did say their must be some mistake. My parents still have my draft papers in my scrapbook at their home. This is a true story, not me BS'ing you guys.



Damn, that's a pretty cool story.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 6:33:54 PM EST
I rec'd my "GREETINGS!" in 1968 while deployed to Vietnam for the second time.

We got a big hoot out of that!
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 8:13:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/24/2004 8:14:20 PM EST by chrome1]
I was 13 or so when the last draft ended 1973 , and was requested to register
in 1980 when they started registration back up for a few years .

I also remember stumbling across a site a few years ago that gave you what
your number would have been if it had continued ...... I was in the low 20s
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 8:42:31 PM EST
Never drafted. I came up #30 in the lottery and beat feet for the Naval recruiter.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 8:46:00 PM EST
This will probably make some wonder, and piss others off, but I INTENTIONALLY flunked my draft physical.

Fuck em!

NOBODY drafts Piccolo.

NOBODY!!!!

Of course, in my own sweet time, I enlisted.


Maybe not to you guys, but to me there's one hell of a difference.


William Manchester once said(paraphrased) that you could not TELL a man to give his life away, but you could ask him for it by asking him to exchange it for a piece of brightly colored cloth with a metal object attached to it.

He knew my type well.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 8:48:10 PM EST
My dad volunteered for Vietnam
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 8:53:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:

Originally Posted By DOA:
I have a funny story. I was drafted to goto Vietnam when I was about 6 years old. My parents thought it was a mistake and went to check it out. The draft papers were correct and it was for me, not my father. They had all my correct current info, except they didn't pay attn to my age. My father asked them "Do you take them this young??" They were not amused, but did say their must be some mistake. My parents still have my draft papers in my scrapbook at their home. This is a true story, not me BS'ing you guys.



Damn, that's a pretty cool story.




I heard a similar story, only the dad dropped the little guy off in the Big City to take his physical.(Yeah, dad hung out outside waiting, grinning like a fox)An embarrassed major of marines had to escort the youngster to his waiting dad and explain that a mistake had been made.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 9:07:24 PM EST
The story my dad told me...

Him and a bunch of his buddies went and enlisted (in NYC) for Infantry (Airborne) so they could go to Vietnam, this was in, heck, '68 methinks.

Half way thru basic down at Ft. Gordon, he broke is ankle in a fall, and got recycled.

Ended up in the signal corps, doin some teletype stuff IIRC.

He was in the Army till I started school, I was born in '72.

I know he was over in Korea, and we were in Germany twice, but he never got shipped over to the war.


My uncle volunteered for the USAF in 1969, and retired E7 Master Sgt. in 1989 (I think he was a cargo-master, if there is such a beast??) . It was really cool for him, because a Major General retired at the same time, so he got rolled up in the events and honored at the same time. Cool!
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 9:12:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:

Originally Posted By DOA:
I have a funny story. I was drafted to goto Vietnam when I was about 6 years old. My parents thought it was a mistake and went to check it out. The draft papers were correct and it was for me, not my father. They had all my correct current info, except they didn't pay attn to my age. My father asked them "Do you take them this young??" They were not amused, but did say their must be some mistake. My parents still have my draft papers in my scrapbook at their home. This is a true story, not me BS'ing you guys.



Damn, that's a pretty cool story.




I heard a similar story, only the dad dropped the little guy off in the Big City to take his physical.(Yeah, dad hung out outside waiting, grinning like a fox)An embarrassed major of marines had to escort the youngster to his waiting dad and explain that a mistake had been made.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 9:17:24 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 9:51:26 PM EST
Wanted to enlist in the Corps when I was 15 but obviously I was too young. So when I was old enough (17) I did just that . Turned 18 in boot camp. was one of the best days of my life. Got out before I turned 21 and couldn't get a beer legally! It was funny. I didn't really care. I turned 21 a couple of weeks later and was by that time already tired of drinking. Started really early too though.
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