New Jersey Casualties of the Vietnam War Statistics
- 61% of the men who were killed in the Vietnam War were twenty-one years of age or younger.
- The Vietnam War lasted sixteen years (1959 to 1975).
- The state of West Virginia had the highest death rate, based on a per capita population, with 81%. The national average was 58.9% for every 100,000 males.
- Only 25% of the total United States forces serving in Vietnam were draftees as compared to 66% during World War II.
- Approximately 2,031 people were missing in action during the Vietnam War. 766 were POWs and 114 died in captivity.
- The educational level of the draftees during the Vietnam War brakes down as 79% had high school or higher educations. 76% of these were from lower middle/working class families.
- The average age of the soldiers serving during the Vietnam War was 19. The average age of the soldiers serving during World War II was 26.
- Approximately 97% of Vietnam Veterans were honorably discharged.
- Approximately 66% of Vietnam Veterans have said that they were proud of the time in service and what they did during the Vietnam War.
- Approximately 87% of the general public now hold Vietnam Veterans in high esteem.
- Vietnam Veterans make up 9.7% of their generation.
- 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (5 August 1964 through 7 May 1975.
- 8,744,000 personnel were on active duty during the war (5 August 1964 through 28 March 1973).
- 3,403,100 (including and additional 514,000 offshore) served in the Southeast Asia Theater which include 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 (1 January 1965 to 28 March 1973).
- Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.
- Of the 2.6 million personnel who served within the borders of South Vietnam, 40% to 60% either fought in combat, provided close combat support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.
- 7,484 women served in Vietnam. 6,250 (approximately 83.5%were nurses).
- Peak troop strength in Vietnam was 543,482 (30 April 1969).
- There were 47,359 hostile deaths.
- There were 10,797 non-hostile deaths.
- Total of 58,156 (which includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties). 27% additional men have died of wounds sustained in the Vietnam War which brings the death total to 58,183.
- 8 nurses died in Vietnam – one was killed in action.
- 17,539 of the men killed in Vietnam were married.
- 303,704 personnel were wounded – 153,329 were hospitalized and 150,375 required no hospital care.
- 88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian.
- 10.6% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Black.
- 1% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were of other races.
- 86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics).
- 12.5% of the men who died in Vietnam were Black.
- 1.2% of the men who died in Vietnam were of other races.
- 170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam. Of that total, 3,070 (5.2% of the total) died there.
- 34% of the Blacks who enlisted, volunteered for combat duty.
Source of the above information, Vietnam Veterans of America, Speakers Bureau Handbook provided by the Public Affairs Committee.