Category: 1971

transmanrichardstrand: My professor, who was in grad school in the late 70s, told us something…

transmanrichardstrand:

My professor, who was in grad school in the late 70s, told us something really interesting in class today that I can’t find a source on:

He claims that when he was doing his undergrad during the Vietnam War, at one point the US government ended the thing where college students were exempt from the draft. He says that they broadcasted who they were going to draft over the radio, and students who weren’t in class listened in and drew up big charts for the students who were in class. 

He said the announcer had two boxes or containers with numbers on slips of paper–one numbered 1 through 365, and the other with slips of paper with the actual days of the year on them. One number from each got pulled together, and your birth date determined what number you were assigned–like if February 3rd was pulled at the same time as 275, then people born on February 3rd would follow directions for people with that number.

I think he said that everyone who got a number below 100 could probably expect to be drafted. 

This is so, so interesting and I’ve never heard it before. My professor is kind of an upbeat dude and even stays bouncy when he’s talking about events like the Battle of Antietam, and his somber, distant voice really struck me. I do totally believe his story, but I was wondering if anyone could help me find a source showing that the US government drafted some university students at some point during the Vietnam War.

This most certainly happened. The lottery was a very defining moment for a lot of young men at the time.

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US Army 12th Infantry Regiment soldier of a reconnaissance unit…

US Army 12th Infantry Regiment soldier of a reconnaissance unit armed with an M16, 1971.

11th Infantry Regiment soldier showing the effects of leeches,…

11th Infantry Regiment soldier showing the effects of leeches, circa 1970.

enrique262: @vietnamwarera “Lam Son 719 – Feb-Apr 1971: Area of…

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“Lam Son 719 – Feb-Apr 1971: Area of Operations, Firebases, Participating US Army Aviation Units”

You can actually buy this here.

From the source: “Dak Seang Ranger Camp, most all underground, 5…

From the source: “Dak Seang Ranger Camp, most all underground, 5 Nov 71.”

From Where We Were in Vietnam

“Sat in valley in Tri-border area. Regarded by some as most vulnerable SF camp in SVN… ‘Anyone looking at it tactically,’ wrote Gary Beikirch (awarded the MOH for battle here 1Apr70). ‘could see that it appeared to have been designed by Custer and was quite reminiscent of Dien Bien Phu.’”

NVA forces attacked the camp on 1 April 1970, besieging it until May.

US Army scout dog team, location unknown, circa 1970.

US Army scout dog team, location unknown, circa 1970.

11th Infantry Regiment with his full pack and M16, location…

11th Infantry Regiment with his full pack and M16, location unknown, circa 1970.

From the source: Wounded South Vietnamese soldier carried from…

From the source:

Wounded South Vietnamese soldier carried from the field of battle under fire near Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, 1971. [Photographed by David Hume Kennerly]

From the source:Photo 1: HQ 1ATF (Forward) on Courtenay Hill…

From the source:

Photo 1:

HQ 1ATF (Forward) on Courtenay Hill during Op Overlord.  RAAF targeting themself?  Photo supplied by Pete Bird [June 1971]

Photo 2:

Photo showing mainly 104 Sig Sqn with it’s ACV Comcen Callsign 85C and the Radio Shelter in Communication Control (Commcon) tent.  Also 110 Sig Sqn Radio Terminal Set AN/MRC-69 Antenna in the photo centre.  Other HQ ACVs to the photo right.   Photo supplied by Pete Bird [June 1971]

Note:  Antenna is from the Radio Set AN/TRC-24 which was part of the Radio Terminal Set AN/MRC-69 which was a radio relay mulichannel radio telephone system.  Equipment was housed in a large shelter behind ACV 85C.

Photo 3 & 4:

First photo showing the HQ and the their ACV’s (Callsigns 85, 85A, 85B and 85D).  Signals communications to the left.  Second photo joins both 101-7 and 101-8 to show the complete HQ 1 ATF (Forward).   Photo supplied by Pete Bird [June 1971]

Note:  All the VHF Antenna’s mainly RC-292’s and the two AB-577 masts.

This 1971 poster reads:The war is overFor 55,000 G.I.s and a…

This 1971 poster reads:

The war is over
For 55,000 G.I.s and a million Vietnamese,
It’s all over.
Use your vote to bring all our troops home…now!
Vote YES for PEACE on APRIL 6

From the Wisconsin Historical Society.