Last Vietnam-era Draftee Retiring from Army

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    July 04, 2011
    Associated Press|by Kimbery Hefling

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A homemade wind chime with the word "Whining" under a red slash is made from metal parts put in his leg after a parachute accident. Every Sunday he trims his crew cut. He didn't join the Army willingly, but as Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he's grateful he found his calling.

    Mellinger was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he's the last draftee to retire, after 39 years. Most did their two years and left. But Mellinger had found home.

    Last Vietnam-era Draftee Retiring from Army

    My salute to a Job well done. :salute:
     
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    Yes, well done soldier.

    Its always the jackasses ala the kids that took off to Canada or something that seem to get the notice.

    Good for him.

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    where is the story about the draft dodgers in Canda?
     
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    This thread isn't about those losers.
     
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    Thirty nine years! Wow.
     
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    Long time..... And I thought I did good with 22.....
     
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    Wow, 39 years, much respect. :salute:
     
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    I agree great man and great story!
     
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    gotta be honest - i don't believe the story.

    not that he isn't a draftee, just that he isn't the last.

    i was just at the retirement ceremony for two draftees two weeks ago, and they mentioned that in their brigaide there was at least one more.

    the brigaide commander also mentioned that the army times had run a story about the last one retiring some time before that, and these guys were still in.

    I gotta believe there are a few more still out there.
     
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    Even if there is a few left, no one can take away his 39 year commitment to the USA.

    You have to be approved at the DA level to serve over 30 years, and get another DA approval to serve over 35 years. Those approvals are not given lightly.

    I think he may very well be the last draftee....
     

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