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Forum: The Draft and Vietnam


David Laiton's Post

Created on: 01/24/17 05:02 PM Views: 737 Replies: 1
David Laiton's Post
Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 05:02 PM

There is an interesting discussion among a number of our classmates under David Laiton's profile on the experiences of various members of our class, friends and family in the years after we graduated when all men were subject to the draft. Please feel free to add your own thoughts and experiences here to continue the discussion.


Swarthmore Draft Resisters Group
Posted Sunday, April 9, 2017 03:22 PM

Does anyone's else remember this fledgling organization? I think we put it together in 1966/67.  It was centered on a pledge that we would not serve in Vietnam if drafted, and would continue to work to bring the war to an end. I'm hoping I can dig a copy of it out of my "files."  As I recall, it was only about 3 sentences long (so rare for political tracts in those days) and had 15-20 signatures. I don't recall us having a draft-card burning, but perhaps memory does not serve.  I know that even though we were dead (so-to-speak) serious about it and knew that signing and publicizing our pledge could have consequences, we also brought some humor to it, complete with readings from Mao's little red book, which had just showed up for sale in the college bookstore! It came with great quotes about the importance of starting meetings on time, and running them efficiently. I'm so happy that even back then most of us considered Maoism good for a laugh, but hardly a beacon to follow to radical change in the US.