Posted 6/7/2019 15:26 (#7546548 - in reply to #7546528) Subject: RE: military info
Deferments were sometimes sort of political (insert sarcasm emblem here), Dads cousin was a only son, supporting his parents (uncle Alfred was totally blind and raised laying chickens, Dad and Granddad did most of the farming), But John was drafted anyway. He went on to become an officer and was still in the reserves when I was stationed near Washington in the early 70's.
A perfectly healthy former high school athlete that was my dads age got deferred because he was married, working in a defense plant and ran a store (and was very well connected to the ruling party), I worked with a man who had lost the middle 2 fingers of his left hand in a sawmill accident in 1941 or 42. He was farming but was drafted and was in the Corp of Engineers waiting to invade Japan when the war ended, he had to sell his tractor and equipment as no one was on the farm to operate it. Dad worked with a man who was temporarily deferred to finish harvesting his crops before reporting for induction, as he was cleaning the combine to put it away, his trigger finger was destroyed when it was run thru a pulley with a v-belt on it. He bragged about evading the draft (likely only once).