following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet, in a larger
sense, should give
the 2,709,918 Americans who served in
if you are a
statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The VFW Magazine,
the Public Information Office, and the HQ CP Forward Observer - 1st Recon
FOR INDIVIDUALS IN UNIFORM
9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era
(August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975).
8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964 - March 28,1973).
Americans served in
3,403,100 (including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader Southeast Asia Theater (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand, and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters).
personnel served within the borders of
Of the 2.6 million, between 1-1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.
women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in
troop strength in
first man to die in
Hostile deaths: 47,378
Non-hostile deaths: 10,800
58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and
8 nurses died -- 1 was KIA.
61% of the men killed were 21 or younger.
11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.
Of those killed, 17,539 were married.
Average age of men killed:
Total Deaths: 23.11 years
Enlisted: 50,274 - 22.37 years
Officers: 6,598 - 28.43 years
Warrants: 1,276 - 24.73 years
E1: 525 - 20.34 years
1B MOS: 18,465 - 22.55 years
Five men killed in
The oldest man killed was 62 years old.
Highest state death rate:
Wounded: 303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring no hospital care.
Severely disabled: 75,000, -- 23,214: 100% disabled; 5,283 lost limbs; 1,081 sustained multiple amputations.
or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in WWII and
70% higher than
Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.
Missing in Action: 2,338
POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)
DRAFTEES VS. VOLUNTEERS
(648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of
accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in
Reservists killed: 5,977
National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.
Total draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.
of the men who actually served in
of the men who died in
12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to other races.
Hispanics served in
70% of enlisted men killed were of northwest European descent.
86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were Caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.
14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.
34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.
blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in
Religion of Dead: Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none -- 6.7%
of the men sent to
Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds.
of the men who served in
63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high school upon separation.
by region per 100,000 of population: South -- 31%, West --29.9%;
DRUG USAGE &CRIME
is no difference in drug usage between
82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of lack of political will.
Nearly 75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political will, not of arms.
97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged.
91% of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are proud to have served their country.
74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.
of the public now holds
INTERESTING CENSUS STATISTICS
THOSE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE "Been There"
of those who served in
During that same Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country was: 9,492,958.
As of the current Census taken during August, 2000, the surviving U.S. Vietnam veteran population estimate is: 1,002,511. This is hard to believe, losing nearly 711,000 between '95 and '00. That's 390 per day.
this Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served
in-country is: 13,853,027. By this census, FOUR
Department of Defense Vietnam War Service Index officially provided by The War
Library originally reported with errors that 2,709,918
atrocities committed by American soldiers produced torrents of outrage from
anti-war critics and the news media while communist atrocities were so common
that they received hardly any media mention at all. The
From 1957 to 1973, the National Liberation Front assassinated 36,725 Vietnamese and abducted another 58,499. The death squads focused on leaders at the village level and on anyone who improved the lives of the peasants such as medical personnel, social workers, and school teachers. - Nixon Presidential Papers.