he 1960s were an interesting and sometimes controversial era in the United States. By 1964 the U.S. Army was drafting eligible young men shortly after they turned 18. Rocky Gale and his cousin, Joe Johnston, were among the many young Americans who wondered if their next piece of mail would be an invitation from Uncle Sam to participate in a war in Vietnam.
“My cousin Joe and I anticipated being drafted, and knowing that most young men our age were being sent to Vietnam, we decided to join,” states Rocky Gale, who after the war studied for the ministry and served as a pastor in Oregon.
“We talked to the recruiters, and they promised that if we joined, we could pick where we wanted to go. With that guarantee in mind, we joined the Army so we could »