Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blog Mirrors. Conscription, 1917 and 1948: Today In Wyoming's History: July 20

Today In Wyoming's History: July 20:

1917 The U.S. World War I draft lottery began.

As can be seen, the papers published the name of the men selected right on the front page.

In some counties, however, the draft proved unnecessary as the counties had already filled their quotas, which were apparently on a county by county basis, through volunteers.

1948 President Harry S. Truman institutes a military draft with a proclamation calling for nearly 10 million men to register for military service within the next two months. My father is one of those to register under the 1948 law.

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