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Imagine it is 1965 & you have just received your draft notice to serve in the war in...

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activeg | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 5, 2011 at 4:33 AM via web

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Imagine it is 1965 & you have just received your draft notice to serve in the war in Vietnam. What are you and your family feeling?

Imagine it is 1965 & you have just received your draft notice to serve in the war in Vietnam.

What are you and your family feeling?

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM (Answer #2)

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As one of those who carried an A-I draft card in the 1960's, I can certainly relate to how one would feel. There were basically two camps at the time, those who supported the war, and those who opposed it. Those who supported the war would willingly serve; in fact most would volunteer to serve. Those who opposed would either claim conscientious objector status, or would make plans to go to Canada, or Great Britain, in Bill Clinton's case.

There would definitely be a feeling of apprehension. Every family in America at the time knew someone with a loved one in the war; and most knew someone who lost a loved one in the war. I personally lost two friends in that war. Thus one had mixed feelings of duty and the thought of not coming back. it was a sobering time. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM (Answer #3)

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My father did serve in Vietnam. He was going to college at the time. He was devastated. He also had a new, young wife. She told him that he was going to die in Vietnam and she wanted an annulment. So he entered the war knowing he might die, having lost everything. I imagine this scenario is not far off from what people often faced.

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