Leslie - I got to be a pacifist AFTER WWII and the Vietnam affair. My husband was National Guard all through high school - I know he was too young but I suppose he might have been a "bad" boy and his father being a cavalry Spanish American War veteran and a friend of the officer in charge of that particular NG between them allowed him to be a member.(I have copies of those records) Then after I had met him in college but also after we no longer dated he entered the Army in 1930. H was there for about 2 yrs. Still the military was OK and needed, I thought. Then when we had been married 9 yrs. he came home from work one day and told me he was enlisting. I still thought " My hero! So patriotic and brave!!!" After the intense times I have learned about only though the accounts I have gotten from various books and records from NARA have I learned why he never mentioned that experience. But my man who had been a military person did not continue in any way in the military. He also never expressed an opinion of what had happened or how he felt about war.
So I am sort of out voted in my family except I don't know what my husband's vote would have been. Odd? I just think there should be a better way. I wish I knew what it is! Mary And yes I voted and have since I was 21. Can't say that I never missed but--