Thursday, June 25, 2009
Why Wasn't I in Vietnam?
I was talking about this with Sarah's fiancee recently. I was in the very first Vietnam Draft Lottery (see results below) and my birthday, August 27th, was the 352nd drawn, which basically meant I would never be drafted.
War resisting was on my mind. As an undergraduate I would serve as a ghost-writer/editor for a Clarion State College librarian who had written a book War Resisters Canada.
Plan A was to flunk the physical. Since one whiff of moth balls would cause me to sneeze vociferously a dozen time, I intended to immerse myself in them for a week before the phsyical, causing me to fail. I felt certain they would never draft a puddle of mucous into the army.