Re: Celtics most likely make playoffs
posted at 3/27/2012 6:05 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Celtics most likely make playoffs
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Celtics most likely make playoffs : What does this have to do with Basketball ??? I do not want to get in the middle of the most ridiculous waste of time and text disputing the non basketball claims made by you vs. each other. I do not know the details, nor is it any of my business, what was said about your draft status in the Vietnam War. There was a discussion deleted by the MODS and I forgot exactly what I said about the lottery but I do know that there was one in 1969 and it was the first since 1942 in WW2. The details of whom would be selected based on their birthdays I’m not privy to and did extend it or how far into the 70s, I don’t recall.
I am not an authority, the final word, gospel etc. on Selective Services procedures in those days so leave me out of it !!! I do not wish to side with either of you !!! As I am in my 70s and was not a career military person, I still had a draft obligation but it terminated before the heavy fighting in that horrible conflict. But I did see combat action as an Advisor to the Vietnamese troops(ARVN---army of the republic) in engagements on various hilltops against the VietCong in the Que Son Valley area( many Marines lost their lives in 1969 early 70s in this area) , Tam ky, Thang-binh, Hiep duc, Tuan duong. These battle sites had hill #s(numbers). I flew into Da Nang on a C-130 and fortunately in one piece flew out on that troop carrier. Viet Nam was a horrible war in that when we returned home there was little celebration and many times we were spit at. Troops today from Iraq & Afghan get heroes welcomes. I say today, irrespective of one’s political differences, respect our troops because they are the real heroes and I, reiterate, we had to go…it was our obligation…so why were we treated so miserably by many civilians at home.
Mea Culpa, sorry, I’m way off tangent here. Viet Nam is an experience I’d like to forget. Again, in my day, the early 60s, I did not just join the Military because I was gung-ho. Unless one was in school or 4 F, if one had a 1A draft classification, they were subject as a patriotic duty to enter the military. If not, conscientious objector didn’t work frequently, so one would go to jail or flee to Canada.
Posted by mandobello[/QUOTE]
/> I had a low # but was in HS and College from late 60's to mid 70's so the lottery was never recalled before the war ended. And while I had a college deferment, my brother was ripe for the picking but the war ended before he was called.
/> It was a terrible war ... I lost a life long friend who was a chopper pilot and got shot down. My wife's friend had a brother who was never right after returning home and as you said, the press stories of drugs and killings turned the public against the soldiers when it was their leaders who failed. An embarrassment to this country to not give the same support to men who enlisted or were drafted in that war as we see today.
SEMPER FI !!!