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Pennsylvania Men Get War Draft Notices 100 Years After The Fact

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — The Selective Service System says a data glitch prompted it to send notices to several deceased men in Pennsylvania, ordering them to register for the nation’s military draft.

At least two of the letters went to families of men born in the 1800s.

Chuck Huey of Kingston, outside Wilkes-Barre in northeastern Pennsylvania, says a Selective Service notice for his late grandfather recently arrived in the mail. Bert Huey is a World War I veteran who died in 1995 at age 100.

In northwestern Pennsylvania, a similar notice was sent to the late Fred Minnick, who was born in 1894 and died in 1992.

Selective Service spokesman Pat Schuback tells the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre that the error originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles. He says the error was caught after several of the notices went out.

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