VIET NAM WAR STATISTICS AND FACTS
Armored Crewman: 27% KIA
11B MOS 18,465 KIA
5 men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old
Oldest man killed was 62 years old
There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non veterans of the same age group.
97% were discharged under honorable conditions; the same percentage of honorable discharges as ten years prior to Vietnam
66% of the men who served in Vietnam were volunteers, 66% of the men who served in World War II were drafted.
86% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasians, 12.5% were black, 1.2% were other races.
The average infantryman in the South Pacific during World War II saw about 40 days of combat in four years. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year due to the mobility of the helicopter.
One out of every 10 Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty. 58,169 were killed and 304,000 wounded out of 2.59 million who served. Although the percent who died is similar to other wars, amputations or crippling wounds were 300 percent higher than in World War II.
75,000 Vietnam veterans are severely disabled.
Less than 1% of all Americans wounded who survived the first 24 hours died.
The American military was not defeated in Vietnam. The American military did not lose a battle of any consequence. From a military standpoint, it was almost an unprecedented performance.
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - it was not invented or unique to Vietnam Veterans. It was called "shell shock" and other names in previous wars. An automobile accident or other traumatic event also can cause it. It does not have to be war related. The Vietnam War helped medical progress in this area.
Vietnam Veterans - 9.7% of their generation
Of the 2.59 million in country, between 1-1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat or provided close support.
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