Army Bids Goodbye to Last Draftee
September 30, 2010
"He was a kid who didn't want to be a Soldier. There was a war in Vietnam and a peace movement in America.
But then he got the government's letter and soon found himself on a cold December morning in 1970 in front of a post office in Sumter, S.C., listening to a Soldier read names until he heard his: "Clyde Green!" With that, the 20-year-old kid climbed on the bus headed to a U.S. Army base.
"I didn't want to join the Army," Green said last week. "The Army came and got me."
When he retired as a chief warrant officer in a ceremony this morning at Fort McPherson, Ga. — after 39 years, 9 months and 15 days of continuous active duty — he became, by the best accounting, the last U.S. Army draftee who fought in Vietnam."
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