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Did any US soldiers serve four combat tours of duty in Vietnam?
I don't have precise figures but yes there were a significant number of men, on both sides, who served in both wars. Michael Montagne yes, general MacArthur would be the mos…t famous example. Mc Arthur wasn?t alone. Add several thousand German soldiers born in the late 1890?s. They most likely fought as young men in WW1 and saw action in WW2 as reservists. As far as I know they had to serve in the reserve until the age of 45. Two men just as famous - more famous in Europe actually - are Fieldmarshalls Rommel and Montgomery, Germany and Britain respectivly Me dad's granddad has medals from both wars :D Gen Rommel recruited Veterans of WW I who had joined the French foreign legion. When the Germans invaded Poland the western front was manned by WW I vets. Just to name a few, German General Rommel and Herman Goering wore a Blue Max medal, which was awarded to them in WW1. This was a Prussian medal that was not issued in WW2.
Answer . 88.4%. Less than 30% per Michael Kelley, Myths and Misconceptions: Vietnam War Folklore, 1998.
This is a question best left to the bar at the local VFW or American Legion. Is an "eye ball to eye ball" confrontation required? Perhaps you need a knife fight in the dark of… night. Some are convinced that the mandatory minimum is to pull the trigger on an enemy you can see. That would rule out many of the most importand weapons of any war like mortars, artillery, naval gunfire or clicking off a claymore in the middle of the night when you hear something while on guard duty. Are fighter pilots the only ones involved in aerial combat? What about the people loading and firing the weapons aboard a "Spooky" or "Spectre" who are also firing blind. Nope, moments of personal mortal combat will always exist in warfare, but the definition of warfare and combat must now include all supporting arms, those who support the supporting arms by providing the beans, bullets and bandaids that win the fight, that win the battle and that win the wars. Not only the transport pilot and the loadmaster, not just the PT Boat or the Destroyer but the Fleet Oiler are at war and are in active combat and deserve the full honors to which they are entitled. Bless them all.
Over 2 1/2 million US servicemen fought in Vietnam. How many were KIA, MIA or WIA?
US Servicemen served in the US Armed Forces for the DURATION during WWII. After WWII, studies were done on combat fatique, along with a host of other experiences from WWII.. …General Harold K. Johnson, US Army Chief of Staff during the early Vietnam War years had been a POW & survived the Bataan Death March during WWII (against Japan). His experience, combined with post WWII studies showed that the average US Fighting Man "burned out" after 180 days in a "hostile environment.". During the Korean War (1950-1953), Congress allowed US Servicemen (draftees) to serve only 24 months of active duty (verses WWII's DURATION of the war). This meant that a drafted serviceman could only serve ONE YEAR in a combat zone, because: When you subtract his induction, training, leave time, and transit time; the government's already used up more than half a year of the draftee's 2 years on active duty.. During the Vietnam War, approximately 40,000 men a month were being drafted into the US Military. In order to "feed the beast" of Vietnam, those many men had to be fed into it, in order for the 12 month rotations to work. Because of the 180 day burn out factor, the Army Chief of Staff did not want to lengthen the 12 month tours. The US had a nearly unlimited pool of potential conscripts (draftees), and the general staff and congress wanted to "share the burden" with all potential conscripts by keeping the 12 month tour. Making it a longer tour, would only make it harder on the men in Vietnam while those that WERE NOT serving, could avoid combat.
86% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasians, 12.5% were black, 1.2% were other races
Vietnam is a communist country. US forces are not allowed there. However, US veterans visit Vietnam as tourists every year.
The Vietnam War has been described as a "kaleidoscope", meaning continuously changing. Examples: up until about 1966, South Vietnam was covered with CH-21 Shawnee and CH-34 Ch…octaw helicopters and GIs carrying M14 rifles; shoulder patches were bright colored, sergeant strips were bright yellow in color, and the US Army name tag was yellow. White stars and US red white and blue national insignia were on the helicopters and jets. After about '66, M14 rifles were gone, in their place were M16s; name insignia, national insignias, sergeant stripes, shoulder patches...all turned black (called subdued). Only the "white star" remained on the tanks, trucks, etc. CH-21s and CH-34 helicopters disappeared...new men arriving in country saw only UH-1 Iroquois (Hueys) and CH-47 Chinooks into the 1970's.. From about 1969 until the end of the war, the average draftee GI tended to be around 19 thru 23. Marines tended to be younger; if the man was 18 he was probably a volunteer (RA), because the draft boards normally only hit the 19 year olds and up. If the man was above 25 he may have re-enlisted when his original service time expired.. As noted in the first paragraph, times may have been different prior to '69.
First tour May-Oct '66; Second tour Jun-Nov '67. Item of note: LTjg William T. Patton flying a "Spad" (A1 Skyraider, propeller driven dive bomber), shot down a NVAF MiG17 dur…ing his carrier's (Intrepid) first tour. The ONLY Spad to make a solo jet kill; two other Skyraiders (from the USS Midway) shared an aerial victory against NVAF MiG-17s. . The Kondor Radio Control (R/C) model airplane company just came out with Patton's Skyraider in 2008. The flying model has a 70 inch wingspan and can be mounted with a 2 or 4 stroke glow fuel engine; the Spad is properly numbered with # 409 on the cowling. . The aircraft was also featured on the cover of "Model Airplane News" in the September 2008 issue. The cover photo shows Patton's A-1 diving, has his name on the cowling, and his "kill" insignia just below his canopy.
Every man did a year.
The Vietnam War was the last war fought by WWII veterans. Nearly all of the career US military men in Vietnam over the age of forty were WWII and/or Korean War vets. Col Robi…n Olds shot down German fighters over Germany in WWII, then shot down 4 North Vietnamese Air Force MiGs over North Vietnam. Gen Westmoreland served with the 9th ID in Europe during WWII. Gen Abrams fought in Europe under Gen Patton in WWII. Gen Curtis LeMay led the Army Air Force over Japan in WWII. The average GI in Vietnam (ages 17 thru 30) were too young to have fought in Korea or WWII. Vietnam was their first war.
One year. If a man landed on the 4th of July, then he DEROs'd out on the 4th of July the following year. Draftees did 24 months in the OD (Olive Drab-slang at the time for th…e US Army, the most polite term at the time, there were worse terms). 6 months in trainging (boot & AIT) then 12 months in Vietnam, then an early ETS if he got a 6 month early out. Another words a draftee could end up doing only 18 months in the OD instead of the 24 months if he did Nam time. All depended on how the Army felt at the time and their need for men. The 12 month tour applied to volunteers, draftees, and draft enduced volunteers. US Sailors only did WESTPAC cruises. If their warship did 6 months over seas, then that was their tour.
Combat tours in the Vietnam war may have varied in the different US branches (US Marines, US Sailors, US Airmen, US Coast Guardsmen). For US Soldiers the initial tour was 365 …days (one year). Second and third tours were in 6 month increments. Another words a US Soldier who did 3 tours actually did 2 years.
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