May 1, 1967

May1On this day in 1967, Carl Wilson, the youngest brother of fellow Beach Boys, Brian and Dennis Wilson, was arrested by the FBI for refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States and for dodging the draft. He was released on a $15,000 bond shortly after.

A dedicated objector to the Vietnam War, he was willing to go to jail if need be. Wilson received notice in 1966, while the Vietnam War was taking place, that he was being drafted into military service. He was ordered to report for duty on January 3, 1967. Wilson failed to report for service as directed, and seventeen days later he filed for “conscientious objector” status with his local selective service draft board. On April 5, 1967, Wilson was indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury on charges of draft evasion in violation of the selective service act. In June 1967, Wilson’s criminal defence attorney would inform the Court of his client’s wish to perform community service in lieu of military service. Before his local draft board, Wilson requested that he be allowed to perform a concert tour in lieu of induction into the military.

The local draft board rejected this offer and instead ordered Wilson to begin preforming his community service as an orderly at a Los Angeles veterans hospital.

Wilson refused to do the community service as ordered. When he failed to report at the hospital, Wilson was charged with violating the selective service act. At trial, Wilson was convicted and sentenced to three years probation with a condition that he work for two years as a volunteer in the county department of hospitals.

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