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How come Garp didn't end up in 'Nam?


If Garp was born in '44 he would've been 18 in '62. He would have left the army in '63. So, either the army did not call back those who had already served their year with them before the war hit the fan (escalated a few years later) or something doesn't ad up?

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Not sure. It's never explained in the book either. A Prayer for Owen Meaney is a John Irving book that goes into great detail about the war, so you might want to check that out

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If Garp was born in '44 he would've been 18 in '62. He would have left the army in '63. So, either the army did not call back those who had already served their year with them before the war hit the fan (escalated a few years later) or something doesn't ad up?


Garp and Helen marry very young--like at 18 or 19-- and have Duncan almost immediately. Garp would have not been subject to the draft under those circumstances.

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This is way late in response, but what the heck :)

Not sure about today, but back in the 60's, if a man lost his father in combat, he was automatically excluded from being drafted. My Grandfather was killed in the Malmedy Massacre (Battle of the Bulge) in December 1944. My father had been born in October 1944 and months later, his father was shot and killed, never getting word that his son was born, just knew that his wife was expecting.

My father was of age during the Vietnam draft, but was not called to action because of his father being KIA. It is likely that my Grandfather's death, saved my Dad's life. The son he never even knew he had.

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