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The Vietnam Veteran


Average age during tour:
Racial percentages:
 
 
Draft percentage:
Honorable discharge percentage:
Percentage of service members with at least
 a high school education:
Economic status percentages:
19
88.4 Caucasian or Hispanic
10.6 Black
1 other
25
97

79
76 - lower or middle family income level
75 - family income above poverty level
50 - middle income levels

TOTAL FORCE (1961 - 1975)

Active duty during Vietnam era:
Served in Vietnam's borders:

Served in southeast Asia and offshore:
Women in Vietnam:
Peak troop strength in Vietnam:
9,087,000 (9.7 percent of their generation)
2,594,000 (40 to 60 percent exposed to combat)
3,403,100
7,484 (83.5 percent were nurses)
543,482 (April 30, 1969)

CASUALTIES

Hostile deaths:
Nonhostile deaths:
Wounded:
Severely disabled:
Lost limbs:
Married killed men:
Nurses killed:
Draftees killed:
Race percentage of KIA:


Average age of KIA:
Highest state death rate:
47,378
10,800
303,704
75,000
1,081
17,539
8
17,725 (30.4 percent of KIAs)
86.8 Caucasian or Hispanic
12.1 black
1.1 other
23.11
West Virginia - 84.1 men per 100,000
(national average 58.9)
Sources: DoD & National Archives

Reprinted from the September 2003 issue
American Legion Magazine

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