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Vietnam War American Casualty Statistics

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 7/3/2014

America paid for its involvement in the Vietnam War with many lives - nearly 60,000 killed in action, over 150,000 wounded, and some 1,600 missing.

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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