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Why did you join the military?
Posted by Melinda Hefner on January 30, 2008, 2:08 am
My father signed up the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was 19 years old. I would like to think that the only reason he signed up was to protect his country, but I believe that he was also escaping from the remaining effects of the Great Depression. The small southern town where he lived was very poor with few good paying jobs.
He and a group of his buddies were going to "fight the Japs" but by the time all of the physicals were over, my dad was the only one of his crowd that passed the physicals!
Why did you join and when? I don't recall if there was a draft during that time or not. Was there?