|Vietnam War Statistics
SOBERING STATISTICS FOR THE VIETNAM WAR
Richard Abell, A/2-7 Cav NAM 1970
Wounded In Action April 5, 1970
In case you haven't been paying attention these past few decades after you
returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking.
The following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet in a larger
sense should give you a HUGE SENSE OF PRIDE.
"Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are
estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran's age
approximated to be 60 years old."
So, if you're alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last 1/3rd of
all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam? I don't know about you guys, but it
kinda gives me the chills, considering this is the kind of information I'm used to
reading about WWII and Korean War vets.
So,in the last 14 years we are dying too fast, only the few will survive by 2025...if
any.. If true, 390 VN vets die a day. So in 2190 days...from today, lucky to be a
Vietnam veteran alive... in only 6-10 years..
These 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 April 12, 1997.
STATISTICS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN UNIFORM
IN COUNTRY VIETNAM VETERANS
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).
2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam, this number represents 9.7% of their
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).
2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan. 1, 1965 -
March 28, 1973). Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.
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.
7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam.
Peak troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968).
Agent Orange is taking a huge toll on Vietnam Veterans with most deaths
somehow related to Agent Orange exposure. No one officially dies of Agent
Orange, they die from the exposure which causes ischemic Heart Disease and
failure, Lung Cancer, Kidney failure or COPD related disorders.
The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with the 509th
Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him.
Hostile deaths: 47,378
Non-hostile deaths: 10,800
Total: 58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties).
Men who have subsequently died of wounds account for the changing total.
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: 23.1 years
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
Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.
The oldest man killed was 62 years old.
Highest state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1% (national average 58.9% for every
100,000 males in 1970).
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.
Amputation 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 WWII.
Missing in Action: 2,338
POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)
As of January 15, 2014, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for, from the
DRAFTEES VS. VOLUNTEERS
25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of U.S. armed forces
members were drafted during WWII).
Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam.
Reservists killed: 5,977
National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.
Total draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.
Actually served in Vietnam: 38% Marine Corps Draft: 42,633.
Last man drafted: June 30, 1973.
RACE AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND
88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6%
(275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.
86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics);
12.5% (7,241) were black;
1.2% belonged to other races.
170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.
70% of enlisted men killed were of North-west 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.
Overall, 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.
Religion of Dead: Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none -- 6.7%
Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age
Vietnam veterans' personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group
by more than 18 percent.
76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class
Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle
Some 23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional, managerial or technical
79% 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
Deaths by region per 100,000 of population: South -- 31%, West --29.9%; Midwest
-- 28.4%; Northeast -- 23.5%.
DRUG USAGE & CRIME
There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non-Vietnam
Veterans of the same age group.
(Source: Veterans Administration Study)
Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison - only one-half of one percent of
Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.
85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian life.
WINNING & LOSING
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.
87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem!
Posted: March 2016/JFB