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Draft notices sent to 14K dead men in Pennsylvania

Published On: Jul 11 2014 09:41:06 AM CDT
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Pennsylvania sent draft notices to about 14,000 men in the mail recently.

The problem? They're all dead.

The notices from the state's Selective Service System were mailed to at least 14,250 men born between 1893 and 1897, warning them that failure to register is "punishable by a fine and imprisonment," The Associated Press reported.

Officials called it a "serious glitch" at the hands of a computer inputting error.

Selective Service didn't catch the error until people like 73-year-old Chuck Huey started calling.

He received a notice addressed to his late grandfather, Bert Huey, who was born in 1894, served in World War I, then died in 1995 at the age of 100, according to the AP.

"We were just totally dumbfounded," Huey said.

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