Last Vietnam-era draftee decides to retire – Yahoo! News

A homemade wind chime with the word “Whining” under a red slash is made from metal parts put in his leg after a parachute accident. Every Sunday he trims his crew cut. He didn’t join the Army willingly, but as Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he’s grateful he found his calling.

Mellinger was drafted to fight the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he’s the last draftee to retire, after 39 years. Most did their two years and left. But Mellinger had found home.

via Last Vietnam-era draftee decides to retire – Yahoo! News.

An excellent article.

There were quite a few draftees still in the service when I was in.

2 thoughts on “Last Vietnam-era draftee decides to retire – Yahoo! News”

  1. I knew one draftee that had gained a commission and was a Major when i met him. I think the draft had more positive effects on the Military than is usually realized.

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