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Fred Minnick draft notice: 102 years too late? Misspelling of name, birth date

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A Fred Minnick draft notice is drawing some serious attention to a major legal oversight that’s arrived too late — over 102 years, in fact. A woman from Pennsylvania says that the memory of her father has been returned to the public spotlight this summer because she says that her dad — who has now been deceased for over 20 years — was given official notice that he “needs” to register for the U.S. military draft. It seems that the misspelling of his name and an incorrect birth date might have resulted in the inaccuracy. The Middle Town Press shares the surprising story surrounding Mr. Minnick and this extremely overdue error this Wednesday, July 9.

Our nation may be roughly halfway through 2014 already, but Fred Minnick has gotten a draft notice to register for this important call to duty. The catch is that he received this message a full 102 years too late. According to 80-year-old Martha Weaver, who said that her father passed away over two decades ago, she was shocked to find that the Selective Service System had sent a letter directed to her father through the mail this weekend.

She contacted the Rockland Township legal offices to inform them of the unexpected mistake, noting that her father’s name had been misspelled. Instead of Fred Minnick, the last name cited it as “Minick,” shares the Ponoco Record, which might have led to the oversight. The official Selective Security System notice also stated that he needed to register by a specific date, and that failing to do so would ultimately be “punishable by a fine and imprisonment.”

Local media sources quickly got word of the legal error and did some research on the now deceased man. The press release regarding the “Fred Minnick draft notice” interest story says that Weaver shared her father was born back on June 12, in 1894. At the time of him turning 18, the year would have been 1912 — thus leading the public to wonder if Minnick ever actually registered for the now mandatory draft after getting his warning 102 years late.

Although she remains uncertain, Weaver believes that the mistake was caused by a possible combination of his name being misspelled on the registry notice and an incorrect birth date listed on the formal request. His birth date was wrongfully listed as a (much younger) 1994, while Minnick died in April of 1992.

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