|Your parents(or personal if you are the right age) response to the Vietnam War draft
||[Sep. 12th, 2004|12:41 am]
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As for my parents(as I wasn't born until three years after the Saigon Embassy was evac'ed), my mom was ineligible because she was female(duh).
My dad's draft number was coming up fast, it was obvious he was going into the military, it was just a matter of time. He thought about it, and largely due to the greater odds of survival he decided he would hate the Navy least. My grandfathers and great uncles WWII Naval service probably played a role in the decision. So, before the other services had a shot at getting him, he voluntarily enlisted in the US Navy.
Didn't keep him out of combat, but then again, on a destroyer the most grueling combat you would see would be an exchange of fire with NVA shore artillery if you had to move in to bombard targets. There was also a brief fight with some torpedo boats that tried to run, but ended up at the bottom of the ocean anyways. The North Vietnamese did not have much of a navy, our Coast Guard probably could have kicked their ass.