U.S. Draft Lottery (7-17-41)

The Pittsburgh Press (July 17, 1941)

9,400 COUNTRY YOUTHS STAKE FUTURES ON DRAW TONIGHT

500 expected to get early Army call

Some 9,400 young men in Allegheny County, so young that most of them haven’t yet had the chance to cast their first ballot, today staked their budding careers and their personal futures in the outcome of the country’s biggest “game of chance,” the nation’s second draft lottery.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m. today and continuing for about two hours, government officials and draftees already inducted under the Selective Service Act will draw 800 capsules from a large goldfish bowl in Washington to determine the order in which the new 21-year-old crop of registrants will be called up for military service.

500 due to go soon

For perhaps as many as 500 of them, it will mean goodbye to civilian life by Labor Day – with other hundreds slated to be summoned by the Army in the ensuing months.

To a “lucky few” whose serial numbers are not drawn until far down the list, it may mean as much as a two-year respite from the Army.

But for a majority – officials say three out of every four – the draft lottery will be the last step before they are “processed” by their local boards and sent marching off to camp by next July.

Pennsylvanians help

Although 800 capsules will be used in the lottery not more than 250 are expected to affect Allegheny County. This is because not one of the 61 local draft boards registered more than that on July 1, with County Board 1 in Glassport showing the highest R-Day figure, 248.

“Helping” at the goldfish bowl will be a group of non-commissioned officers inducted into the Army after the first draft, among the three Western Pennsylvania sergeants – Frank Fansalczki of Brownsville, Herbert S. Waldron of Avalon and Frank Mamajek of Meadville.

After the drawing, the names of the new registrants including all men who became 21 between last Oct. 16 and July 1 – will be merged proportionately with old lists, being placed in the sequence in which their serial numbers were picked.

Proportions differ

In most cases, boards will add a new name after every 14th to 16th old registrant, but the ratios will range from 1-to-11 in Wilkinsburg all the way up to 1-to-26 in the city’s Hill District.

Many of the 21-year-olds here would have been placed on call for duty next months but this was forestalled by the delayed-induction system now in effect in Pennsylvania, which requires boards to keep almost a month ahead of their calls and thus does not give them sufficient time in which to classify and examine any of the new recruits before sending them to the Army for a final okay next week.

7,000 may get call

Nevertheless, Army authorities intimate that as many as 7,000 of the 9,400 new registrants may be summoned by next July 1, although this seems exceedingly high in view of the county’s overall annual quota of about 10,700.

The 10,700 limit is based on President Roosevelt’s order permitting induction of 900,000 draftees within the next 12 months, a limit which would be lifted if Congress sanctions pending legislation to let the bars down and give the Army the “green light” to call as many draftees as it wishes.


KNOX WILL DRAW FIRST NUMBER

Washington, July 17 (UP) –
The luck of the draw in the nation’s second peacetime conscription lottery will determine tonight the order in which 750,000 men 21 years of age will be called for military service.

Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox will draw the first melon-colored capsule from the “goldfish” bowl that was used in World War I and first peacetime lotteries.

Eight hundred capsules, which have been under heavy guard since the order numbers were placed in them, will be drawn at the Interdepartmental Auditorium.

Brig. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, deputy director of Selective Service, will open the ceremony with a brief address. Then Col. Charles R. Morris, Elizabeth, N.J., who has participated in all drawings since 1917, will blindfold Mr. Knox and lead him to the bowl. The auditorium will be darkened except for a light shining through the bottom of the bowl upon the capsules.


The following are the draft numbers as they will be drawn in Washington. The list will be updated.

Order Serial no.
1st 196
2nd 98
3rd
4th 247
5th 240
6th
7th 39
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th 187
13th
14th 269
15th
16th 299
17th 74
18th 234
19th 212
20th
21st
22nd 199
23rd
24th
25th
26th
27th
28th
29th 96
30th
31st
32nd
33rd 221
34th
35th
36th
37th
38th 152
39th
40th 242
41st 253
42nd
43rd
44th
45th
46th
47th
48th 40
49th 119
50th 9
51st
52nd
53rd
54th 110
55th
56th 11
57th
58th 18
59th
60th 75
61st 160
62nd 117
63rd
64th 264
65th
66th
67th
68th 291
69th 143
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th 58
75th 107
76th 177
77th
78th 282
79th
80th 188
81st 222
82nd
83rd 297
84th
85th
86th 144
87th
88th
89th 101
90th
91st
92nd 192
93rd 182
94th
95th
96th
97th 17
98th 69
99th
100th 124
101st
102nd 36
103rd
104th
105th 54
106th 109
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th 290
112th
113th 251
114th
115th
116th 238
117th
118th
119th
120th
121st 66
122nd
123rd
124th
125th 112
126th
127th
128th
129th
130th 285
131st
132nd 72
133rd
134th 50
135th 198
136th
137th
138th
139th
140th 91
141st 202
142nd
143rd
144th
145th 250
146th 268
147th
148th
149th
150th 219
151st
152nd 53
153rd
154th
155th 104
156th 130
157th
158th
159th
160th 85
161st
162nd 26
163rd
164th
165th
166th 81
167th
168th
169th
170th
171st
172nd
173rd
174th 159
175th 176
176th
177th
178th
179th
180th
181st
182nd 116
183rd
184th 139
185th
186th
187th 206
188th
189th 77
190th
191st
192nd 204
193rd 29
194th
195th
196th
197th
198th
199th
200th
201st
202nd 48
203rd 28
204th
205th 37
206th
207th 140
208th 7
209th
210th
211th 20
212th
213th
214th
215th 210
216th
217th 228
218th
219th 10
220th 123
221st
222nd 61
223rd
224th 118
225th
226th
227th
228th
229th
230th 25
231st
232nd
233rd 13
234th
235th
236th
237th
238th
239th 203
240th 70
241st
242nd
243rd 148
244th 111
245th 168
246th 295
247th 288
248th
249th
250th
251st
252nd
253rd
254th
255th 216
256th
257th 254
258th 300
259th
260th 102
261st
262nd
263rd
264th
265th
266th 103
267th
268th
269th
270th
271st
272nd
273rd
274th
275th
276th
277th
278th 93
279th
280th
281st 275
282nd
283rd 186
284th
285th
286th
287th
288th
289th
290th 261
291st 161
292nd 231
293rd
294th
295th 239
296th
297th 136
298th
299th
300th
301st
302nd 248
303rd
304th
305th
306th 224
307th
308th
309th 100
310th 289
311th 95
312th 181
313th 183
314th
315th 281
316th
317th
318th
319th 108
320th
321st 267
322nd 174
323rd 137
324th 88
325th
326th
327th
328th
329th
330th 99
331st 44
332nd
333rd 46
334th
335th
336th 169
337th
338th
339th 167
340th
341st
342nd
343rd
344th
345th
346th
347th
348th 220
349th
350th 172
351st 191
352nd
353rd 153
354th
355th
356th
357th
358th
359th 151
360th 73
361st
362nd
363rd 205
364th 294
365th 63
366th
367th 263
368th
369th
370th 179
371st
372nd 131
373rd 271
374th 147
375th 243
376th
377th
378th 190
379th 12
380th
381st
382nd 164
383rd 142
384th
385th 31
386th 145
387th
388th 236
389th
390th 252
391st
392nd 41
393rd 126
394th
395th
396th
397th
398th 133
399th
400th 45
401st
402nd
403rd
404th
405th 86
406th
407th
408th
409th
410th
411th
412th
413th
414th
415th 258
416th 265
417th 245
418th 233
419th 14
420th 43
421st 52
422nd
423rd
424th
425th 134
426th
427th
428th
429th 16
430th 87
431st 226
432nd
433rd 207
434th
435th
436th
437th 23
438th
439th
440th
441st
442nd
443rd 19
444th
445th
446th 83
447th 65
448th 56
449th
450th
451st
452nd
453rd
454th
455th 78
456th 94
457th 157
458th
459th
460th
461st
462nd
463rd
464th
465th
466th
467th
468th 51
469th 21
470th 22
471st
472nd
473rd
474th
475th
476th
477th
478th
479th
480th
481st
482nd 6
483rd
484th
485th
486th
487th
488th
489th
490th
491st
492nd
493rd
494th
495th
496th
497th
498th
499th
500th 214
501st
502nd
503rd
504th
505th 57
506th
507th
508th 42
509th
510th
511th
512th
513th 82
514th 227
515th
516th
517th
518th 121
519th 292
520th 215
521st 280
522nd 2
523rd 256
524th 76
525th 178
526th
527th 1
528th
529th 146
530th 89
531st
532nd
533rd
534th
535th
536th 266
537th
538th
539th
540th 90
541st
542nd 200
543rd
544th
545th
546th
547th 5
548th
549th
550th
551st 293
552nd
553rd 71
554th 15
555th
556th
557th 132
558th
559th
560th
561st 165
562nd
563rd
564th 64
565th
566th 129
567th 217
568th 138
569th
570th 4
571st
572nd
573rd
574th 189
575th
576th
577th
578th 225
579th 232
580th 194
581st 262
582nd
583rd 150
584th 274
585th
586th 283
587th 33
588th 80
589th
590th 135
591st 3
592nd 127
593rd 68
594th
595th 213
596th
597th
598th 120
599th 230
600th
601st 141
602nd 106
603rd 162
604th
605th 270
606th
607th
608th
609th
610th 79
611th
612th
613th
614th
615th
616th
617th
618th 211
619th
620th
621st
622nd 229
623rd 272
624th
625th
626th
627th
628th
629th
630th
631st
632nd
633rd
634th
635th
636th 255
637th
638th
639th
640th 201
641st
642nd 246
643rd
644th
645th
646th 49
647th
648th
649th 55
650th
651st
652nd 84
653rd
654th 27
655th
656th 149
657th 166
658th
659th
660th 170
661st
662nd 92
663rd
664th
665th 197
666th 666
667th
668th
669th
670th 128
671st
672nd 163
673rd
674th 209
675th
676th
677th
678th 173
679th
680th
681st 257
682nd
683rd
684th
685th
686th
687th 260
688th
689th 35
690th 284
691st
692nd 278
693rd
694th 8
695th
696th
697th 298
698th 259
699th
700th
701st
702nd
703rd 122
704th 114
705th
706th
707th
708th 208
709th
710th
711th 67
712th
713th 277
714th 59
715th
716th
717th
718th 235
719th 273
720th
721st
722nd 38
723rd 237
724th 286
725th
726th
727th 24
728th
729th 30
730th 249
731st 185
732nd
733rd 218
734th
735th 113
736th 105
737th 296
738th
739th
740th
741st
742nd
743rd 175
744th 60
745th 171
746th
747th 115
748th
749th
750th
751st
752nd
753rd
754th
755th
756th
757th 180
758th
759th
760th 155
761st
762nd 287
763rd 195
764th
765th 62
766th
767th 241
768th 193
769th
770th 125
771st
772nd
773rd 34
774th
775th 158
776th
777th
778th
779th
780th
781st 223
782nd
783rd 244
784th 32
785th
786th
787th
788th
789th 279
790th 154
791st
792nd
793rd
794th 97
795th
796th
797th
798th
799th
800th 630
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The Pittsburgh Press (July 18, 1941)

CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT

Oddities in district in second draft lottery

Philip Nicolazzo, 396 Beelen St., Italian-born youth who wanted to be the first to go, received Serial No. 508. On R-Day, he was probably the first Pittsburgh resident to register, reporting to the No. 4 Board in Oakland at 6:50 a.m. Unless he enlists, he likely will have a year’s grace.


First number drawn last time, 158, was practically last this time, 775th out of 800.


The highest number picked, 630 in 800th place, will not apply in most cases. The highest number assigned to any Allegheny County registrant was 248.


Several capsules were lost during the first lottery, but this time things went off without a hitch and by 10:30 p.m. last night, places has been assigned to all of the 800 numbers.


In City Board No. 15, two boys in the same street and of the same name were registered. They were Carl A. Popp, 74 Renova St., and Charles F. Popp. Both placed in the first 25 to be called.


Because William W. Floyd, of 5266 Beeler St., found it convenient to register in a district other than his own, he may secure a two-year respite from induction because the number assigned to him – S-97 – was the last called.


Among the registrants drawing low numbers was George E. Fairley Jr., 1329 Malvern Ave., son of the director of public safety. He is the seventh lowest on City Board No. 14.


Only 12 of the 61 boards in Allegheny County had assigned S-196, the first number drawn. County Board No. 13 in Warrendale with 195 registrants missed by one place.


The only number to receive its own position in the drawing was 666 drawn 666th. In the last lottery, 1944 did the same thing.