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I'm doing some research as I'm writing about our marriage and the birth of our two sons. They are all interwined with the Viet Name War.
We were Married July 30, 1965. A few month later, we learned that men who were married before ___________ were exempt from the draft. We had just made it. I guessed that the date was Aug. 5, 1965, but just a guess. Do you know the actual date.

Again our son was born June 13, 1967. At a certain point in time, men who were fathers were deferred. Do you have that date? I know it once again kept Ron from the draft.

Thanks so much,
Phyllis Dolislager

It looks like the marriage deferment during the Vietnam War era began in September of 1963 and ended in August of 1965.

Sorry, but I wasn't able to find anything about when the father deferment ended. You might want to contact the Selective Service System and ask them directly:

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.


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