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    American Vietnam War Casualties (1955-1975)

    America paid a terrible price for its involvement in the Vietnam War - nearly 60,000 killed-in-action, over 150,000 wounded, and some 1,600 missing





    Numbers certainly do not tell the whole story - or all of them - but they certainly paint a picture of lives lost and families devastated. The Vietnam War became a painful lesson for many - from Washington, D.C. to Smalltown America. The officially-reported numbers and categories below cover American Vietnam War deaths by age group, branch of service, service component, type of death, reason for death, race, religion, sex, state/protectorate and deaths by war year (including post-war).


    American Casualties by Age Group:

    Age at Time of Death
    Recorded Casualties
    17
    12
    18
    3,103
    19
    8,283
    20
    14,095
    21
    9,705
    22
    4,798
    23
    3,495
    24
    2,650
    25
    2,018
    26
    1,414
    27
    917
    28
    768
    29
    710
    30-39
    4,927
    40-49
    1,156
    50-59
    121
    60-62
    4
    Unknown Age or Not Reported
    17
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    American Casualties by Branch of Service:

    Branch of Service:
    Recorded Casualties
    United States Air Force (USAF)
    2,584
    United States Army (U.S. Army)
    38,209
    United States Coast Guard (USCG)
    7
    United States Marine Corps (USMC)
    14,838
    United States Navy (USN)
    2,555
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    American Casualties by Service Component:

    Component:
    Recorded Casualties
    Reserves
    5,760
    National Guard
    97
    Regular
    34,475
    Selective Service
    17,672
    Unknown
    189
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    American Casualties by Type:

    Casualty Type:
    Recorded Casualties
    Killed in Action (KIA); Died in Combat
    38,502
    Killed in Action (KIA); Died of Wounds
    5,264
    Killed in Action (KIA); Died while Missing
    3,524
    Prisoner of War (POW); Died in Captivity
    116
    Non-Hostile; Other Causes
    7,458
    Non-Hostile; Death from Illness / Injury
    1,978
    Non-Hostile; Died while Missing
    1,351
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    American Casualties by Race:

    Race Reported:
    Recorded Casualties
    Native American
    226
    Caucasian
    50,120
    Malayan
    252
    Mongolian
    116
    Negro
    7,264
    Unknown
    215
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    American Casualty Reasons:

    Reason Reported:
    Recorded Casualties
    Guns; Small Arms
    18,518
    Multiple Fragmentary Wounds
    8,456
    Air Loss; Crash on Land
    7,992
    Other Explosive Devices
    7,450
    Artillery, Rocket or Mortar
    4,914
    Other Accident
    1,371
    Misadventure
    1,326
    Drowned; Suffocated
    1,207
    Vehicle Loss; Crash
    1,187
    Accidental Homicide
    944
    Accidental Self-Destruction
    842
    Other Causes
    754
    Air Loss; Crash at Sea
    577
    Burns
    530
    Illness; Disease
    482
    Suicide
    382
    Heart Attack
    273
    Intentional Homicide
    234
    Malaria
    118
    Bomb Explosion
    52
    Stroke
    42
    Hepatitis
    22
    Unknown; Not Reported
    520
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    American Casualties by Religion:

    Religion Reported:
    Recorded Casualties
    Assemblies of God
    117
    Baptist - American
    4
    Baptist - Southern
    121
    Baptist - Other
    9,478
    Brethren, Dunkers
    63
    Buddhism
    53
    Christian Science
    63
    Church of Christ
    528
    Church of God
    238
    Congregational Christian
    145
    Disciples of Christ
    34
    Episcopal, Anglican
    825
    Evangelical, United Brethren
    39
    Evangelical, Reformed
    11
    Friends, Quakers
    12
    Jehovah's Witnesses
    26
    Jewish
    269
    Mormon Latter Day Saints
    589
    Lutheran & Missouri Synod
    2,251
    Methodist
    4,079
    Mission Covenant
    1
    Moslem, Muslim
    12
    Nazarene
    132
    Orthodox, Greek
    58
    Orthodox, Russian
    22
    Pentecostal
    182
    Presbyterian
    1,303
    Protestant - Other
    559
    Protestant - No Preference
    16,644
    Reformed
    45
    Roman Catholic
    16,815
    7th Day Adventist
    116
    Unitarian Universalist
    45
    United Church of Christ
    11
    No Religious Preference
    1,284
    Other Religions
    210
    Unknown
    1,809
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    Casualties by Sex:

    Sex:
    Recorded Casualties
    Female
    8
    Male
    58,185
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    Casualties by State or Protectorate:

    State / Protectorate:
    Recorded Casualties
    Alabama
    1,207
    Alaska
    57
    Arizona
    623
    Arkansas
    588
    California
    5,573
    Canal Zone
    2
    Colorado
    620
    Connecticut
    611
    Delaware
    122
    District of Columbia
    242
    Florida
    1,952
    Georgia
    1,582
    Guam
    70
    Hawaii
    276
    Idaho
    217
    Illinois
    2,934
    Indiana
    1,532
    Iowa
    853
    Kansas
    627
    Kentucky
    1,055
    Louisiana
    882
    Maine
    343
    Maryland
    1,014
    Massachusetts
    1,323
    Michigan
    2,654
    Minnesota
    1,072
    Mississippi
    637
    Missouri
    1,413
    Montana
    268
    Nebraska
    395
    Nevada
    151
    New Hampshire
    227
    New Jersey
    1,484
    New Mexico
    399
    New York
    4,121
    North Carolina
    1,609
    North Dakota
    198
    Ohio
    3,096
    Oklahoma
    988
    Oregon
    709
    Pennsylvania
    3,144
    Puerto Rico
    345
    Rhode Island
    207
    South Carolina
    896
    South Dakota
    193
    Tennessee
    1,291
    Texas
    3,415
    Utah
    366
    Vermont
    100
    Virgin Islands
    15
    Virginia
    1,304
    Washington
    1,050
    West Virginia
    732
    Wisconsin
    1,161
    Wyoming
    120
    Other (Non-U.S.)
    121
    TOTAL:
    58,193

    American War-Related Deaths by War Year and Post-War:

    Year:
    Recorded Casualties
    1956-1960
    9
    1961
    16
    1962
    52
    1963
    118
    1964
    206
    1965
    1,863
    1966
    6,143
    1967
    11,153
    1968
    16,592
    1969
    11,616
    1970
    6,081
    1971
    2,357
    1972
    641
    1973
    168
    1974
    178
    1975
    161
    1976
    77
    1977
    96
    1978
    447
    1979
    148
    1980
    26
    1980-90
    34
    1991-98
    11
    TOTAL:
    58,193