I recently discovered this document in a box full of family stuff. I can’t believe that my mom saved it. This is my father’s DD62 showing that he was rejected for military service when drafted for Korea.
My parents had only been married four months when he received his draft notice. He left for the army that morning, with his devastated, sobbing bride wondering if she would ever see him again. Imagine her surprised when he was back home before supper!
I always through it very curious that he was rejected. He was an ultra-healthy man, and was even playing semi-professional baseball for a local team at the time. He always swore that when he was having his physical and the doctor told him to bend over and grab both cheeks, he bent over and grabbed both sides of his face. The doctor told him, “Bless your heart … son, you can just go home.” But somehow I still don’t believe that story.
The historical / genealogical significance for me is that it shows the address of my parents’ home in 1951: 710 McLemore Street in Brownsville, TN. They were living in a garage apartment at the home of my mom’s parents, Rob and Ebbie Lee Williams. The fact that his selective service number is on it is pretty cool, too.
As you find these documents in your own records, please do not hesitate to upload them online on your own blog or on Ancestry.com to share with all. They will have historical significance to genealogists and historians in the future.