I wish I could hate Trump for his draft avoidance. I dislike pretty much everything else about him.
Trump is a few years older than me. I brilliantly dropped out of college at the height of Vietnam. The lottery happened just as I became eligible.
I will not lie. I plotted ways to beat the physical. Word was if you rode between cars on the LIRR from Downtown Brooklyn to Jamaica (nearly all tunnel) your hearing would be impaired for a few hours or longer.
Yes, I tried it to see if it worked. It did. I would have used it had it been needed.
In December ’69 America was strongly divided on the war, but its support was on the wane. We didn’t have the Internet or cable TV to fan the flames, but 500,000 marched on DC at the Moratorium, including me. I was and still am dovish.
I didn’t want to head out to Asia and get killed in a war we had no business being involved in. I thank those who did serve and probably didn’t want to go either. I was never angry with you. There but for the grace of god go I.
December 10, 1969 was the day. I was late getting home as the draft lottery began.
At the time I was living in the WRYT transmitter building in the Lynn Marsh in Saugus, MA. The building was on stilts. You crossed a rickety boardwalk to get there from the road. There was an actual pipe organ inside (driven by a converted vacuum cleaner).
The first twenty or so dates had already been picked when I tuned in. They hit 100… then 200… I was getting fidgety. We hit 300. I still hadn’t heard my birth date. July 26 came in #303.
My mom’s birthday was #1.
We don’t have a selective service draft today. We don’t pull kids off the street and send them to fight. Our military is different, more professional. Fifty years ago it was grunts in the field with minimal protection.
If drafted I would have served. There was never a thought of Canada. I was lucky to get my wish without having to cheat. I would not have been above cheating, trying to throw the odds more in my favor.
If my dad had been rich or had connections I would have asked his help.
Don’t judge Donald on this if you weren’t there. Everything else, open season.