Charles Edward Waddell, Jr. became the first volunteer to be qualified for military service from Forsyth County Draft Board Number One on this day in 1940.
Waddell was a 32-year-old unmarried man who worked the previous four years for Wachovia Bank and Trust Company as a traveling sales representative.
Waddell was scheduled to be inducted into the nation’s military service at Fort Bragg on December 6th.
The other three Forsyth County draft boards were preparing their lists of volunteers in the order in which they would be called as needed. Their first groups were to be inducted on the same date as Waddell.