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The Draft & Vietnam

The Vietnam War divided the nation, made real to us (or our brothers or boyfriends) by the draft. Some embraced military service, while others chanted "Hell no! We won't go!" or fled to Canada. Think back ... Where did you stand on the war? What was your draft lottery number? Did you watch the Ken Burns documentary? What lessons should America have learned? On this Veterans' Day, share your draft and Vietnam stories forward.

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An Unexpected Education
I found myself sitting next to women my age, or not much older, who were military wives. They came from the Midwest, the [...]

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No More Vietnams
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Ta-ra-ra-boom-dee-ay
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It seemed like so much fun to me. The real story was much more sobering but also inspiring ...
Hell No, We Won’t Go
Hell no, we won't go. And the truth is most people I knew didn't end up in Vietnam.
To Answer (or Not to Answer) the Call of Duty
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Coming of age during the Vietnam War did not mean you would be automatically drafted. If you were a privileged white boy, as [...]
Whomba War
In 1968, as the leaders of the United States made their views popular around the world, young men everywhere tried to be as [...]
Bittersweet Memories
Over the years I would occasionally call him and attempt to talk. His short answers and inability to share his life left me [...]
Draft Dodger Rag
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Doing Time on the Group W Bench
I was on the Group W Bench... This was the place where all those mother rapers, father stabbers and father rapers who were [...]
War and Remembrance
Even though I received a formal invitation to participate in the Viet Nam war, I declined.
Do you, Mister Jones…
Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is, Do you, Mister Jones — Bob Dylan, Ballad of a Thin Man, 1965 [...]
Conscientious Objector
The wait seemed interminable, but the later our birthday was called, the less chance we had of being drafted.
Betting on the end
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... numbers corresponding to the days of the year were written on slips of paper and placed in plastic capsules, which were [...]
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Think back about …

The Draft & Vietnam

The Vietnam War divided the nation, made real to us (or our brothers or boyfriends) by the draft. Some embraced military service, while others chanted "Hell no! We won't go!" or fled to Canada. Think back ... Where did you stand on the war? What was your draft lottery number? Did you watch the Ken Burns documentary? What lessons should America have learned? On this Veterans' Day, share your draft and Vietnam stories forward.

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