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Comment: I’ve heard that Sylvester Stallone, AKA Rambo was sent to Sweden
by his mom & coached a girls soccer team so that he would not be drafted
for the Viet Nam war, is this true?

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According to celebrity1000.com , he at least wasn't in Sweden:
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When he was five the family moved to Maryland and then to Philadelphia, where his parents divorced and Sly’s mother remarried. He attended school in suburban Philadelphia and became a star football player. He then spent two years instructing at the American College of Switzerland in Geneva where he won a scholarship.
Couldn't dig up any site that has the actual years he spent there, so I don't know if it was *during* Vietnam war - let alone *because of*.

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Originally posted by Don Enrico:
Couldn't dig up any site that has the actual years he spent there, so I don't know if it was *during* Vietnam war - let alone *because of*.

Stallone was born 6 June 1946, making him eligible for the draft from 6 December 1964 through 6 June 1971 under the rules in effect at the time (age 18-1/2 through 25).

Stallone was required to report to his draft board on his 18th birthday to determine his classification for draft eligibility. Draft board classifications can be found at the bottom of this page.

The lottery system for the draft was instituted with the drawing held on December 1, 1969, determining the order of induction for men born between 1 January 1944 and 31 December 1950. The point of the lottery system was to make each age group draft-eligible for only one year, instead of the old "can't plan my life for six-and-a-half-years) system." The draft number for 6 June was 110, and numbers up to 195 were called.

If Stallone was classed as 1A by his draft board, he should have been drafted.

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That can't be true, as we all know Sweden doesn't have an army!
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(following the chow)

He may have been considered medically unfit:

"Unfortunately, the intern clamped too hard and severed a facial nerve, giving Sly a drooping eyelid and lips, as well as a speech impediment."

http://www.readhim.com/Stallone.html

Bell's Palsy (which is what this is) is grounds for awarding VA disability if it's the result of military service, so presumably it's enough to keep someone out in the first place.

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I heard that same "comment" when I was a teen-ager. I took all my Rambo/Rocky posters down and didn't go see a Stallone movie for years. My dad is a Vietnam Vet and I couldn't be a fan of someone who dodged the draft.

I wish I'd known then what I know now (the previous posts here say it all), because I spread that rumor like any disillusioned teen girl would. I do still have my Stallone posters though, safely stored with my Rick Springfield ones. [Wink]

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I've heard the rumour .. never really cared much though. I still haven't figured out what exactly would have been bad about dodging the draft for Vietnam [Big Grin]
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Originally posted by ChiLlBeserker:
I've heard the rumour .. never really cared much though. I still haven't figured out what exactly would have been bad about dodging the draft for Vietnam [Big Grin]

Someone else went in his place.
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And there's no record of his having attended his final year of draft dodging at all, the coward!

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quote:
Originally posted by sherri_lu:
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Originally posted by ChiLlBeserker:
I've heard the rumour .. never really cared much though. I still haven't figured out what exactly would have been bad about dodging the draft for Vietnam [Big Grin]

Someone else went in his place.
I have to say I agree with ChiLlBeserker. If Sly got out of serving in Vietnam, good for him. No one should have been there in the first place.

Not that I don't have respect for the people who served in the war. Or any war, for that matter.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jack Dylan:
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Originally posted by sherri_lu:
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Originally posted by ChiLlBeserker:
I've heard the rumour .. never really cared much though. I still haven't figured out what exactly would have been bad about dodging the draft for Vietnam [Big Grin]

Someone else went in his place.
I have to say I agree with ChiLlBeserker. If Sly got out of serving in Vietnam, good for him. No one should have been there in the first place.

Not that I don't have respect for the people who served in the war. Or any war, for that matter.

Exactly! I also have respect for many of the veterans of any of the wars. I don't although believe that the government has the right to force people to fight in a war they may not want to fight in, in the first place, and in a war that they did not start.

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Oh, I have respect for people that fought in the war thinking that they were doing the right thing, thinking they were in fact protecting their homeland by fighting an oppressive regime in Vietnam - also if that's not my view on it, I have respect towards those that fought believing in that if they weren't personally responsible for atrocities.
I also believe that the Vietnam war was messed up from the beginning, and that one could not want to go also if not a coward. Considering how the war ended up going, I do think the time has come for those that went to "forgive" those that didn't. They *were* right after all - the Vietnam war *did* turn out to be pointless, as the US losing it did not lead to the worldwide spread of communism, the fear of which was the reason for Vietnam in the first place.
My dad was firmly planning on dodging the draft, with the full support of his family, including his dad and his uncles, all of which were WWII veterans. Luckily, he was noted inadequate due to flatfeet - god knows why, they never obstructed him in any way.
One group of people I DO have issues with are those that approved of the war in principle, obviousley hold militaristic attitudes but didn't go - that has been a HUGE beef I've had with W from the beginning, WAY before he became the controversial figure he is now.

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quote:
Originally posted by FrogFeathers:
I heard that same "comment" when I was a teen-ager. I took all my Rambo/Rocky posters down and didn't go see a Stallone movie for years. My dad is a Vietnam Vet and I couldn't be a fan of someone who dodged the draft.

I wish I'd known then what I know now (the previous posts here say it all), because I spread that rumor like any disillusioned teen girl would. I do still have my Stallone posters though, safely stored with my Rick Springfield ones. [Wink]

I just had a weird image of Sly in Officer and a Gentleman -- Gere was almost incomprehensible blubbering, "I've got no place else to go!" They might have needed subtitles for Stallone! Any Gere posters?

It is an interesting discussion why there is such a stigma to being a "draft dodger." I understand there would be a certain irony if you starred in many pro-war movies...still, this is a personal decision, imo.

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WEll stalone can be a right wing nut job some times so him being a draft dodger would make it even more of a bad thing for him.
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I think this is rather funny if true, considering his Rambo roles and all.
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