We few, we happy few,
We band of brothers;
Sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.
From Saint Crispin's Day Speech, Henry V
William Shakespeare, 1599
year 1967 was a very different time for the young men of Everett and across
the United States. All were required to register for the Selective
Service on their eighteenth birthday, and carry a government-issued draft
card until age twenty-six. The military draft system of the day was widely
viewed as arbitrary, unfair, politicized, and corrupt. Worse, many
believed the process favored the privileged and well-connected. An
lottery-based draft was yet to be enacted, and the modern all-volunteer
military would not become a reality until 1973, when Congress abolished the
draft. However, potential reenactment of a military draft will always remain a critical option for our
Everett High School's Class of 1967 graduated in the
midst of the Vietnam War, one of the most contentious and divisive conflicts
ever faced by our nation. In many ways, Vietnam will forever define our
generation. A large number of us served in the military after attending
Everett High School. Some were drafted, and others volunteered. A few
avoided military service by joining the counterculture and going
underground, or by fleeing to Canada.
The Vietnam War was a time of political and social upheaval,
and the biggest youth uprising of the Twentieth Century. It was a hard,
thankless, gut-wrenching time for all Americans, but especially for those
serving in the armed forces. Fortunately, those who've served since then
have enjoyed a more welcoming and supportive home front.
Nationally, at least 58,178 soldiers
lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and are named on The Wall, including
over 1,140 from Washington State. Among them are at least thirty-nine (39)
Snohomish County soldiers, including ten (10) EHS alumni, six (6) from
Cascade High School, and seven (7) from Marysville High School (see Faces From the Wall).
An additional unknown number of soldiers from the Everett-area died during
the war from non-combat-related causes.
We want to find, thank, and honor all military
veterans from EHS Class of 1967. If you served on active-duty in the
military, or are aware of other alumni who did, send us an
as much information as you can (see Contact Us). We will add your information to the list