In the spring of 1969, I had received four years of student deferments, and expected to be immediately drafted. But I needed to stay in school for the upcoming fall semester to graduate. At this time, I heard a rumor that the Selective Service would not count those college classes taken before the draft age of 19 years old, for purposes of student deferment. This would be my entire freshman year. The rumor was true, and this allowed me to extend my student deferment until June, 1970. This deferment allowed me to graduate from college and be available for the lottery, when I drew number 322.

I did not want to go to any war, not just Vietnam. And I also did not like the military.