The Draft: Curbing the Boards

When David Earl Gutknecht laid his draft card at the feet of a federal marshal in Minneapolis during a Viet Nam War protest in 1967, Selective Service Director Lieut. General Lewis B. Hershey was not amused. After similar acts of defiance by other potential draftees, Hershey sent a memorandum encouraging local draft boards to discipline the protesters by accelerating their inductions as rapidly as Selective Service regulations would permit. Thereupon Gutknecht's draft board declared him "delinquent";* six days later he was jumped ahead of nondelinquent registrants and ordered drafted. He refused...

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