By Shrien Alshabasy
Published: May 27, 2015
The Vietnam War was a historical event in between the North and South of Vietnam. This war will forever be in our history textbooks, a mandate for students to learn in school. But did you know that 2,594,000 U.S. soldiers were deployed to South Vietnam? Amongst the thousands deployed, 58,220 of these soldiers had casualties and 303,644 U.S. soldiers were wounded.
In total, there were 1.475 million casualties from both sides and 2.094 million wounded on both sides. Civilians were in harm’s way as well, resulting in 4 million civilian casualties. The oldest man killed during the war was 62. The majority of those killed were too young to have experienced life, 11,465 of KIA’s soldiers were less than 20 years old.
By race, there was a stark contrast in casualties in the Vietnam War. 86% of casualties in the war were white, while only 12.5% were Black. In the category of Other races, only 1.2% were harmed.
So what’s the end product of these Vietnam warriors? 91% of Vietnam vets say that they are glad they served, 74% saying that they willingly went to war knowing the outcome. The number of Vietnam Veterans who have been to jail is less than 1%, 0.5%, which is low for soldiers who were engaged in war. Most Vietnam Vets were discharged under honorable conditions (97%) and 85% made a successful transition to civil life. Those who came out of the Vietnam War came with feelings of understanding and spirit. They were successful in the world even after engaging in war against others. This may be because a majority of the Vets voluntarily signed up for the war (66%), which made them more eager and happy to serve their country.
The Vietnam War is an important piece of history, but the Vets involved are just as important. Don’t forget to give your thanks to these soldiers on Memorial Day.