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Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by gdbabin, Oct 25, 2012.

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  1. gdbabin

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    Press the link.



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  2. avery53

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    Best band ever! IMHO LOL
     
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    I loved that show.
     
  4. John Galt

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    Amazing what those guys could do with 3 cords.
     
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    Anyone read the comments? Can't believe all those people who entirely miss the point of this song. Must be a bunch of kids because they're not realizing that draftees made up a big portion of the military in Viet Nam. Forced coscription that doesn't exist today. Of course if you had money for college (Senator's son) or had influence at your local draft board you didn't go.
     
  6. John Galt

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    With due respect yaki, I think it was you who missed the point of the thread, which was great music. While the political component might have been important 40 years ago, it's just history now.

    Actually, college was fairly cheap in those days so you didn't have to be rich to go to college. Also, for a long time all you had to do to avoid the draft was to get married, no draft board influence needed. Enlisting in the Navy or Air Force was also an easy way to avoid the draft. It wasn't rocket science and one didn't need to be rich, just smart.
     
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    Um-John !--perhaps you forgot about the "lottery". I remember it well--too well!
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  8. John Galt

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    No, nanuk, I didn't forget about the lottery as I also remember it very well. I didn't mention it because it had nothing to do with what someone could do to avoid the draft. After the lottery, many no longer had to worry about the draft but many still did.
     
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    I most certainly remember the lottery...2 digit midget.
     
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    Before lottery for me - 1966 - badgered my AF recruiter to death, had my induction physical already - he got me in - stayed 23 more.
     
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    Also, a book titled "Fortunate Son" bio of the Son of Chesty Pueller, the "Great Marine" who became a paraplegyic during Viet Nam as a Marine then later serving in the Pentagon took his own life when the pain was unbearable. Recommended reading.

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  12. gdbabin

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    I second the recommendation on Lewis Puller's biography. It is not light reading however. It IS still germane today however and a great source for insight to the returning warrior's reality.




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