Interesting Figures & Facts About Vietnam War

Troops

2,709,918 American served in uniform in Vietnam.

About 7,500 American women served in the Vietnam war.

Almost 2/3 of Americans served in Vietnam were volunteers while 2/3 of men served in World War II were drafted.

End of War

About 140,000 civilians and Vietnamese military were evacuated in April 1975 before the ultimate fall of Saigon.

Around 11 million gallons of Agent Orange was sprayed on the South Vietnamese landscape during Operation Ranch Hand.

Approximately 2 million South Vietnamese have relocated to the United States, Canada, France and Australia since the Fall of Saigon.

Vietnam War Casualties

58,148 American were killed while about 304,000 wounded in Vietnam.
So there was 1 casualty out of every 10 men served in the war.

Around 70% of those killed were volunteers.

More than 1 million Viet Cong soldiers were killed in the Vietnam war.

Nearly 5 million Vietnamese civilians were killed in which Southerners suffered more than Northerners. Other thousands of civilians were also killed in Cambodia and Laos.

Age of Casualties

62 is the age of the oldest American man killed.

22 was the the average age of the American fighters.
23.11 was the average age of the Americans killed in the war.

5 American men were killed at the age of 16 in the Vietnam War.
61% of those killed were younger than 21.

11,465 among those killed were younger than 20 years old.

17,539 among those killed were found to be married.

Vietnam Veterans

Roughly 75,000 Vietnam veterans were severely disabled.

23,214 were 100% disabled.

5,283 lost limbs.

1,081 sustained multiple amputations.

Vietnam Veterans at State House

85% of returning Vietnam veterans successfully adapted to civilian life.
91% of Vietnam veterans were glad about their services in Vietnam;
74% would serve once again despite knowing the result.

2 Vietnam veterans received Medal of Honor on September 15, 2014 – almost 40 years after war. Army Specialist Donald Sloat made the ultimate sacrifice in 1970 when he was 20 years old while Sgt. 1st Class Bennie Adkins reportedly killed 175 Viet Cong during his tour of duty in 1966.

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