What would you like to do?
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 WW…II. 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.
Millions and thousands of soldiers served Vietnam to protect the country.
My father served from beginning to end in WWII, but he wasn't in combat much. I expect that was a typical experience for most soldiers. No soldier in any war is 'in combat' al…l the time, i.e. actually fighting the enemy.
1. Air War over North Vietnam (MIGS vs US JETS) 2. Land/Ground War in South Vietnam (Patton tanks and ACAVs) 3. Riverine War in South Vietnam. (Swift Boats & M…onitors)
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 Robin… 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.
The Vietnam War was one of the worst in American history. Combat in the jungle was difficult, and it was hard to know who exactly was the enemy, since Vietnam had two diff…erent sides of the war as well.
In Vietnam 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 the… 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.
In Vietnam War
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.