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The call has become a daily activity since the summer. Picking up the phone, Thuy Lan, 67 years young, had just closed her family-run food shop in the southern province of Dong Nai. He met Lan at a club and fell for her at first sight. After 9 months of dating, Ken was informed he would leave Vietnam. He asked Lan if she wanted to go to the U.
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Hack volunteered for service in Vietnam ining the 1st Infantry Division.
Hack received the Purple Heart for major combat injuries, and spent the rest of his military career as a recruiter for the US Army in Akron, Ohio. The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in He was with the th Radio Research Station. The Davis Station in Saigon was named for him. Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison — only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.
As of April 14,there are 1, Americans still uned for from the Vietnam War across Vietnam 1,LaosCambodia 49and China 7. The average age of the 58, killed in Vietnam was Event date is used instead of declared dead date for some of those who were listed as missing in action.
Fact : Mortality studies show that 9, is a better estimate. After that initial post-service period, Vietnam veterans were no more likely to die from suicide than non-Vietnam veterans. Sociologists Charles C. Black fatalities amounted to 12 percent of all Americans killed in Southeast Asia, a figure proportional to the of blacks in the U. Fact : Servicemen who went to Vietnam from well-to-do areas had a slightly elevated risk of dying because they were more likely to be pilots or infantry officers.
Vietnam Veterans were the best educated forces our nation had ever sent into combat. None of the enlisted grades have an average age of less than The average man who fought in World War II was 26 years of age. Fact : 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.
Fact : The domino theory was accurate. Without that commitment, Communism would have swept all the way to the Malacca Straits that is south of Singapore and of great strategic importance to the free world. If you ask people who live in these countries that won the war in Vietnam, they have a different opinion from the American news media.
The Vietnam War was the turning point for Communism. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about days of combat in one year thanks to the mobility of the helicopter. One out of every 10 Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty. Although the percent that died is similar to other wars, amputations or crippling wounds were percent higher than in World War II. Overpatients were airlifted nearly half were American. The average time lapse between wounding to hospitalization was less than one hour.
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As a result, less than one percent of all Americans wounded, who survived the first 24 hours, died. The helicopter provided unprecedented mobility. Without the helicopter it would have taken three times as many troops to secure the mile border with Cambodia and Laos the politicians thought the Geneva Conventions of and the Geneva Accords or would secure the border.
The Vietnamese pilot who dropped the napalm in error is currently living in the United States. News media have reported tha an American commander ordered the air strike that burned Kim Phuc. Those are incorrect. There were no Americans involved in any capacity.
During that same Census count, the of Americans falsely claiming to have served was: 9, As of the current Census taken during August,the surviving U. Vietnam Veteran population estimate is: 1, During this Census count, the of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country is: 13, This makes calculations of those alive, even indifficult to maintain. Corrections and confirmations to this errored index resulted in the addition of U.
Isolated atrocities committed by American Soldiers produced torrents of outrage from anti-war critics and the news media while Communist atrocities were so common that they received hardly any media mention at all.
The United States sought to minimize and prevent attacks on civilians while North Vietnam made attacks on civilians a centerpiece of its strategy. Americans who deliberately killed civilians received prison sentences while Communists who did so received commendations. From tothe National Liberation Front assassinated 36, Vietnamese and abducted another 58, The death squ focused on leaders at the village level and on anyone who improved the lives of the peasants such as medical personnel, social workers, and school teachers.
The last American troops departed in their entirety 29 March How could we lose a war we had already stopped fighting? We fought to an agreed stalemate.
The peace settlement was ed in Paris on 27 January It called for release of all U. Theevacuees in April during the fall of Saigon consisted almost entirely of civilians and Vietnamese military, NOT American military running for their lives.
There were almost twice as many casualties in Southeast Asia primarily Cambodia the first two years, after the fall of Saigon inthan there were during the ten years the U. Thanks for the perceived loss and the countless assassinations and torture visited upon Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians goes mainly to the American media and their undying support-by-misrepresentation of the anti-War movement in the United States.
As with much of the Vietnam War, the news media misreported and misinterpreted the Tet Offensive.
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It was reported as an overwhelming success for the Communist forces and a decided defeat for the U. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite initial victories by the Communists forces, the Tet Offensive resulted in a major defeat of those forces. Still, militarily, the Tet Offensive was a total defeat of the Communist forces on all fronts. It resulted in the death of some 45, NVA troops and the complete, if not total destruction of the Viet Cong elements in South Vietnam. The Tet Offensive succeeded on only one front and that was the News front and the political arena.
This was another example in the Vietnam War of an inaccuracy becoming the perceived truth.
However, inaccurately reported, the News Media made the Tet Offensive famous. Remember me Log in. Lost your password? Vietnam War Facts, Stats and Myths. Congressman Press Release.
Totals 9, military personnel served on active duty during the official Vietnam era from August 5, to May 7, Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old. The oldest man killed was 62 years old.
Of those killed, 17, were married. The average age of the men killed: Veteran Successes Vietnam Veterans represented 9. They have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups. Their personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent. Deaths Average Age Enlisted : 50, Myths and Facts Myth: Common belief is that most Vietnam veterans were drafted.
Myth: The media have reported that suicides among Vietnam veterans range from 50, to— 6 to 11 times the non-Vietnam veteran population. Myth: Common belief is that a disproportionate of blacks were killed in the Vietnam War. Myth: The common belief is the average age of an infantryman fighting in Vietnam was Myth: The United States lost the war in Vietnam. Myth: The common belief is that the domino theory was proved false. Myth: Kim Phuc, the little nine year old Vietnamese girl running naked from the napalm strike near Trang Bang on 8 June shown a million times on American television was burned by Americans bombing Trang Bang.
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