UNIFORM AND IN COUNTRY...
Vets: 9.7% of their generation.
personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era
(Aug. 5, 1964-May 7, 1975).
were on active duty during the war
(Aug 5, 1964 - March 28, 1973).
(Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the
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 South Vietnam (Jan.
1, 1965 - March 28, 1973)
served in Vietnam between
1960 and 1964.
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 Vietnam.
troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968)
58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and
Mayaguez casualties). Men who have subsequently died of
wounds account for the changing total.
nurses died -- 1 was KIA.
men killed: 17,539
of the men killed were 21 or younger.
state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1% (national average
58.9% for every 100,000 males in 1970).
303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured
requiring no hospital care.
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 Korea. Multiple
amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7%
in Action: 2,338
766 (114 died in captivity)
(648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66%
of U.S. armed forces members were drafted during WWII.
accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam.
Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.
draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.
served in Vietnam: 38%
Corps Draft: 42,633.
man drafted: June 30, 1973.
AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND...
of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian;
10.6% (275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.
of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes
Hispanics); 12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to
Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died
of enlisted men killed were of North-west European
of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action
were Caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to
(1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.
of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.
blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time
when the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5% of
the total population.
of Dead: Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%;
other/none -- 6.7%
of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working
had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from
middle income backgrounds.
23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional,
managerial or technical occupations.
of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school
education or better when they entered the military
service. (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%; Midwest -- 28.4%; Northeast -- 23.5%.
of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war
was lost because of lack of political will.
75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political
will, not of arms.
of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged.
of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw
heavy combat are proud to have served their country.
of Vietnam vets say they would serve again if called upon.
of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high
Courtesy of the VFW Magazine and the Public Information Office,