The Entire Vietnam War Casualty Profiles
United States Armed Forces Casualties
According to the last update in 2008 from the National Archives, there were 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties of the Vietnam War. All the names were honored on the Vietnam Veretans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
Death by Casualties Type
Among 58,220 U.S. fatal casualties, there were 47,434 hostile deaths and 10,786 non-hostiles.
Death by years
|YEAR OF DEATH||NUMBER OF RECORDS|
The first American soldier died in Vietnam War was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, Jr., a U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant. He was not killed in action, but rather by another U.S. airman on 8 June, 1956. In October 22, 1957, the U.S. forces suffered their first casualties by hostiles. Thirteen Americans were wounded in three terrorist bombings. Since then, number of terrorist incidents rose quickly. In the last quarter of 1957, 75 local officers were assassinated and kidnapped.
The U.S. casualties increased proportional with the increasing of U.S. military intervention. The 1968, when the peak troop strength in Vietnam was around 540,000, was also the most deadly year with 16,899 deaths. The high casualty in 1968 also was caused by the first massive offensive from the North Vietnam, widely known as Tet Offensive. Later years, after President Nixon began to implement the Vietnamization policy, the number of soldiers decreased gradually as well as the number of death.
Charles McMahon and Darwin Lee Judge were the last American soldiers died during the war. The two men, both U.S. Marines, were killed on a rocket attack on April 29, 1975, one day before the Fall of Saigon. After the Vietnam War, there were seven more soldiers were died by the wounded they had got in Vietnam.
Death by Rank
There were 7,878(1) American officers died in Vietnam War, including 1,278 Warrant Officers, 2,981 Lieutenant, 2,045 Captain, 898 Major/Lt Commander, 426 Lt Colonel/Commander, 238 Colonel, and 12 who had reached the rank of general. Major general/Rear Admiral was the highest ranking personnel died in Vietnam. Among five major general’s deaths, there were two served in the United States Army, two in the United States Air Force, and the other one in the United States Marine Corps.
Death by Race
By race, the ratio of men who died was nearly proportional with the ratio of men who served.
|RACE||RATIO OF MEN WHO SEVERED (%)||RATIO OF MEN WHO DIED (%)||DEATHS|
Dan Bullock is believed as the youngest Vietnam KIA at 15 years old.
Dwaine McGriff, the oldest person was honored on the Wall, died at 63 years old.
At least 25,000 soldiers, who died in Vietnam War, were 20 years old or younger.
There were eight women who died in Vietnam, seven of them served in the United States Army and one in the United States Air Force. The oldest woman died was Lt. Colonel Annie Ruth Graham, when she was 52. Annie was also the highest ranking woman died in Vietnam.
- statistic numbers as of March 31, 1997.