Everyone has been memorializing Larry Hagman who died yesterday, by saying that he was “best remembered” as JR in the drama “Dallas” but to me, he’ll always be Air Force Captain/Major Anthony Nelson on “I Dream of Jeannie”.
According to Wiki, Hagman was drafted, at the age of 21, into the Air Force in 1952 (I think that might be a mistake because they say he got out of the service in 1956, which would have been a four year stint, but the draft was only for two years periods, and to the best of my Googling skills, I can’t find a time when the Air Force ever drafted).
Frankie sent us the picture above of him in his enlisted Air Force uniform. Wiki says that during the Korean War, he spent his Air Force time in London, entertaining the troops in Europe, but he’s a veteran, nonetheless.
In regards to the draft issue, I found this; A Presidential panel studying the military manpower issue reported in 1970, “The Navy and Marine Corps have occasionally issued draft calls to meet temporary shortfalls, but the Air Force has never used the draft.” But there’s no source, so feel free to take shots at me.