Vietnam Veterans are 9.7% of their generation.
served from August 5, 1964 to March 28, 1973 in the actual war-deployed
served "in-country" in Vietnam in those years, plus
another 50,000 prior to 1964
Between 1 million and 1.6 million served in combat
7,484 women served in Vietnam
The peak strength of our troops in Vietnam was April 30, 1969
47,378 men and women were killed in combat. Another 10,800 are
listed as "non-hostile" deaths
changing total that is now at 58,202 includes men who were formerly
classified as MIA and the Mayaguez casualities.
There were 17,539
married men killed in Vietnam
61% of the personnel killed in Vietnam were 21-years-old or younger
West Virginia suffered the highest casualty rate of all the states
There were an additional 303,704 personnel wounded, 75,000 were
Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were
300% higher than during WWII
Total still missing in action 2,338
25% were draftees, and draftees accounted for 30.4% of combat
76% of the soldiers sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working
82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war
was lost because of lack of political will.
97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably dischanged
of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy
combat are proud to have served their country
66% of Vietnam vets say they would serve again if called upon
87% of the public now holds Vietnam Veterans in high esteem.