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My dad, early 70s, knowing he was about to be arrested for refusal to comply with the Vietnam War draft.

My dad, early 70s, knowing he was about to be arrested for refusal to comply with the Vietnam War draft.

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  • JerrysStillHere

    My number was 35. Sent for my physical,passed and told go home and wait. I waited and was never called up. Lost several friends in that shit hole war….for some unknown reason I was never called up…have felt guilty about that for over 50+ years…

  • Lindaspike

    OP, wondering what the final result was for you dad? we helped resisters get to canada from the US and deserters to england and sweden. one of my HS friends had his number called and asked for CO status but of course they said no. he went as an unarmed medic because he absolutely refused to shoot another human being. he made it home and saved hundreds of soldiers without ever touching a gun.

  • Koshekuta

    My dad was drafted and went and came back. He was also in university at the time and I guess all those rumors about dodging the draft by going to school were just rumors or didn’t work for everyone.

  • GitchigumiMiguel74

    My dad was going to do the same thing when drafted. Became a medic instead and refused to carry a gun. Got wounded in 70, but saved lives instead of taking them to appease McNamara and the gang

  • frenchie-martin

    My Marine combat veteran father would have cracked his skull and then disowned him.

    I recently met cousins I’d never knew existed because their dad (my first cousin) was a draft dodger and he and his kids were anathema to the family.

  • Koda487

    I think it’s crazy how we use to treat draft dodgers..

    Like what? You don’t want to go live in a creek, eat powered food, shit in a hole, and oh yea…. Probably die for like.. 80 bucks??

    I would have dodged that shit so quick..

  • Full-Mulberry5018

    I remember the eldest son of one of our neighborhood families was drafted when I was very young. He was a real “hippy” type with very long, blonde hair – that’s what I remember about him. He dodged the draft and split to Canada with some friends. He came home in a body bag. Apparently, some men found out that he was on the run and drowned him up in Canada. I’ll never forget hearing about it when it happened. I don’t know what happened afterwards, or if they even tried to find and charge the people who killed him.

  • glichez

    it really pisses off the youngsters to learn that the entire counter-culture was created by Boomers rebelling against forced conscription. something that none of us has had to contend with since…

  • a4dONCA

    Every time people start whining about boomers, I think, they were the last generation to face the draft. No wonder they lived big.

  • FaithlessnessOk7939

    the concept of a draft is fucked. There is absolutely no shame in “dodging” the draft. The state has no right to make you die for its existence

  • PaleRiderHD

    One of the things I realize more and more as I get older is that all of us have choices, and sometimes living with them is harder than making them. I have tremendous respect for your Father making that choice, dealing with it’s consequences, and living with them unapologetically. People love to talk about having freedom of choice, but they don’t often talk about what it’s like to live with the consequences of those choices.

  • SirGlenn

    1971, the last draft. the war was starting to wind down; to get away from my family, I tried to enlist, the recruiter took one look at me and said ” no way” why I asked, look at your glasses, you’re blind, you get two pairs of glasses when you go in the army, Vietnam is a thick jungle, if you break both pairs of glasses, you’ll be blind, and maybe get someone killed guiding you out of the jungle, or killed yourself.

  • rancryst

    I respect the ones who went to Vietnam but I don’t blame the ones who didn’t go. I was lucky because I was a senior in high school in 73 when the POWs came home.

  • throwingwater14

    My father was “lucky” in that he had terrible vision and serious asthma so he never would have passed the physical. As far as I know, his number was never called so he didn’t have to test it. But I know he lost friends to the war and a few of his friends that I do know that came back, are still not “right.” Screwed everyone up.

  • Fit_Pineapple3965

    I think about this a lot. My dad was drafted in the Army but because of his degree, they put him as an officer and he worked at the army base. He met my mom who was a chauffer for the army. (she’s Vietnamese). If he wasn’t drafted, I wouldn’t be here. I have existential crises about this all the time.

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