Protest and Kent State
A Letter to the Wall
VIETNAM WAR STATISTICS
IN UNIFORM AND IN
- Vietnam Vets: 9.7%
of their generation.
- 9,087,000 military
personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (Aug. 5,
1964-May 7, 1975).
- 8,744,000 GIs were
on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964 - March 28, 1973).
- 3,403,100 (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).
- 2,594,000 personnel
served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan. 1, 1965 - March 28,
- 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
- 7,484 women (6,250
or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam.
- Peak troop strength
in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968)
- Hostile deaths:
- Non-hostile deaths:
- Total: 58,202
(Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties).
Men who have subsequently died of wounds account for the changing
- 8 nurses died -- 1
- Married men killed:
- 61% of the men
killed were 21 or younger.
- 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
- 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:
- POWs: 766 (114 died
- 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:
- National Guard:
6,140 served: 101 died.
- Total draftees (1965
- 73): 1,728,344.
- Actually served in
- Marine Corps Draft:
- Last man drafted:
June 30, 1973.
RACE AND ETHNIC
- 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
- Religion of Dead:
Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none -- 6.7%
- 76% of the men sent
to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.
- Thee-fourths had
family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income
- 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 upon separation.)
- Deaths by region per
100,000 of pupulation: South -- 31%, West -- 29.9%; Midwest --
28.4%; Northeast -- 23.5%.
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.
- 66% of Vietnam vets
say they would serve again if called upon.
- 87% of the public
now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem!!!!!
Courtesy of the VFW Magazine and the Public Information Office,
HQ CP Forward Observer -1st Recon
April 12, 1997