Local Draft Board Wants “Old Timers”

Uncle Sam wants you – dead or alive?

An error by PennDOT resulted in the Selective Service sending more than 14,000 military draft registration notices to men born between 1893 and 1897.

Ilene Landis, of Manheim, got one recently for her uncle, Ivan Keller. He’s been dead at least a quarter century, she figures.

It seems that a clerk working with the state’s database failed to select the century while transferring nearly 400,000 records to Selective Service. The records were supposed to be of all males born between 1993 and 1997. However, the records sent also included males born between 1893 and 1897.

You can read more in an article by Dan Nephin in the Lancaster Online web site at http://goo.gl/0Z7LMN.

My thanks to newsletter reader Wanda Smale for telling me about this story.

Gee, does this mean that I will receive ANOTHER draft notice in a few years?


We’ve been through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Industrial Age, and we’re now in the stupid age.


The WW II “old man’s draft registration” found one of my grandfathers living in a nursing home after a severe stroke, unable even to sign the card. The nurses aide who wrote in the signature next to his “X” spelled it very strangely. His stroke must have affected his speech as well as his ability to write. (His name on the form itself was spelled correctly; it was in a different handwriting, so I presume an administrator or secretary filled that in from their records.) I understand that they were simply going by age, but you’d think they’d have just skipped men living in nursing homes as unfit for service.


Sounds like the Y2K bug everyone was so worried about back in the 1990s has made a belated appearance…..


The zombie apocalypse has started!


Brings to mind a few years ago attending the Calgary Stampede Parade, where they always have a segment of the parade saluting the military. That year they had a jeep with Canada’s Oldest Combat Soldier. 95 year old Sargent Leo xxx in full dress uniform rode by waving to the crowd. After they had passed wise beyond her years four year old daughter Megan made the comment. ” Isn’t he kind of old to still be fighting”.


My mom worked for the Selective Service. She thought the article was funny because it pretty much described how the agency worked in the 1960’s.


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