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Today's Most...Oops! Thousands of military draft letters sent to dead men

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - TODAY'S MOST...Ridiculous letter: Thousands of families in Pennsylvania just got letters asking departed male relatives to register for the U.S. military draft. (No - the U.S. didn't suddenly re-institute the draft without anyone noticing.)

The Selective Service System messed up, and sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897. The letter threatened that if they didn't register for the draft, failure to do so is  "punishable by a fine and imprisonment."

73-year old Chuck Huey says he got a notice addressed to his late grandfather Bert Huey, a World War I veteran who was born in 1894 and died in 1995 at age 100. "I said, 'Geez, what the hell is this about?...We were just totally dumbfounded."

The AP says the glitch that caused these problems originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Penn DOT spokeswoman Jan McKnight said a clerk working to transfer records to the Selective Service System failed to select the century, producing records for males born between 1993 and 1997 - and for those born a century earlier.

"We made a mistake, a quite serious selection error," McNight said.

The Selective Service finally posted an apology on its website.

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