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Old 04-13-2015, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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I was born in 1951 and was in the 2nd lottery in 1970. My birthday came up #276.

Tom Mills
USAF retired
Same here. My number was 356. I enlisted in the Army right out of high school in August of 1969. The day I arrived in Viet Nam for my first tour of duty is when my lottery was held. If I had only known...

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Old 04-13-2015, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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Aug 10, 1950. #21.

I got married shortly after high school and had a son in 1970. About the time they announced an end to such deferments, I enlisted in the AF. Looking back I wish I had stayed in for retirement. My son did eventually join the AF and retired after 20.
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Old 04-13-2015, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Blackshear, Georgia
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My number was 39 so I joined the Army in Nov 1971 and served on active duty until Oct 87..retired from the Army reseves in 1993...I had a good career..worked in Military Personnel and served as a Private thru Staff Sergeant, Warrant Officer One thru Chief Warrant Officer Three and as a 1st Lt and Cpt..Selected for promotion to Major in the Resrves but failed the physical and was medically retired as a Captain.
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:57 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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1970 draft my #362 was so worried of going to Nam, I enrolled in summer school at the college I attend three day after high school graduation. I told my dad it's school or Canada lol. We lost two guys from my neighborhood, I'll ways remember them.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:10 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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It was the only lottery I ever won. I got called up for a physical and failed because I have a substantial hearing loss due to chronic ear infections as a child. Vietnam was winding down and I felt like they didn't need me. Had I passed, I was going to apply for the Air Force. Before the physical, I had quit my job because I just knew I'd be drafted. After I was rejected, I got a better job and got married and that's sorta the same thing.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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Yes, I also sweated it. I had #135. I went so far as to sign up for enlistment in the National Guard, and even took the physical. But when they called for me to actually make the commitment, it was fall, and I'd heard nothing, so I decided to wait and hope for the best. Fortunately, I never got the call.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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My number was 39 so I joined the Army in Nov 1971 and served on active duty until Oct 87..retired from the Army reseves in 1993...I had a good career..worked in Military Personnel and served as a Private thru Staff Sergeant, Warrant Officer One thru Chief Warrant Officer Three and as a 1st Lt and Cpt..Selected for promotion to Major in the Resrves but failed the physical and was medically retired as a Captain.

Awesome story and great results.

Me I didnt get drafted as by the time I was 18 there was no draft. I did though join the army at the strong suggestion of the judge I was standing in front of at 19. He said son do something with your life or I will see you back here. I joined the army in 76 and remained active until 83 then joined the reserves in 85 to switch over to the guard in 86 and have been with them ever since. I have made a great run of it. If I could remember that judge's name I would go find him and thank him but I doubt he is still around.

Gonna retire very soon as a 1SG and proud of it.
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Old 04-15-2015, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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The lottery drawing for my birth year was held on July 1, 1970 and my birthday came up #109. They called up to #125 that year. However, I had already joined the Navy that February. It didn't have anything to do with the war or anything. I had 'ran away' from home the previous autumn, (even though I was legally an adult at age 18 at the time), ran out of money, wasn't ready to go home, so joined the Navy.

My war experience has greatly affected my outlook on our country participating in 'police actions' throughout the world. I've become very anti-war and even though later on during my active reserve career when I had the opportunity to become a commissioned officer, I declined because I knew I could never go to war again. I will be the first one to take up arms to defend my own country and homeland, and maybe even Canada and Mexico. But beyond that, never again.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:02 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I escaped all the lottery madness (born in 1946) by enlisting in the Army in 1966.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:37 PM
 
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I escaped all the lottery madness (born in 1946) by enlisting in the Army in 1966.
You must have been very close to getting your draft notice as 20 years old seemed to be the age they were drafting back then.
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