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Max Winkel's Draft Cards - July 25, 1917
As the Selective Service Act went into effect on May 18, 1917, young men between the ages of twenty-one and thirty were required to appear before their local draft boards to register. Max Winkel of St. Paul was only twenty years old when the Act was passed, but approximately one year later, he too registered for the draft. St. Paul’s Local Draft Board issued Winkel a registration card on June 5, 1918, and he was ordered to appear for a physical examination on the 24th of July. His “Notice to Appear for Physical Examination” warns him emphatically against dodging the draft, noting that failure to appear for his examination would be a misdemeanor, “punishable by not to exceed one year’s imprisonment” and potentially leading to “loss of valuable rights” and “immediate induction into military service.” At his examination, Max Winkel was found fit for military service, and he ultimately did serve overseas.