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Draft notices sent to 14,000 dead men in Pennsylvania

Published on Jul 11, 2014 4:42 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Jane Huey was surprised, to say the least, when a letter arrived at her Kingston, Pennsylvania, home urging Bert Huey to register to be drafted into the U.S. military.

Bert Huey had already served in World War One, which began 100 years ago this summer, and died in 1995. He was her husband's grandfather.

"It is funny and kind of pathetic," she said. "And the other thing is, we couldn't get a hold of the darn draft board. We were afraid we'd be fined or something."

The names of Bert Huey and more than 14,000 other Pennsylvania men born from 1893 to 1897 came up because of a computer coding error by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which shares information from driver's license and vehicle registrations with Selective Service.

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