What was the soldier to enemy kill ratio in Vietnam?
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For the air war; it was 2 US Jets shot down per 1 North Vietnamese MIG shot down. This figure changed after the US Navy's TOP GUN (aerial combat) school opened in 1969. For the ground war (involving US Forces), the US almost always considered a kill ratio of 10 to 1 in the US's favor. Reasons: 1. We had the artillery. 2. We had the air power. 3. We had the firepower on the ground. 4. The enemy dragged their KIA's away and/or buried them; therefore we knew there were more bodies than we found. Consequently, the score was higher. If we found 50 bodies; then we estimated they buried the other 50; body count for the battle was therefore 100. 5. The US High Command demanded a high body count.
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President Johnson called the death of James Davis, SP4, US Army "the first American to fall in defense of our freedom in Vietnam." Perhaps the DoD and the CIA had failed to inform him of deaths before Davis died on 22 December 1961. Perhaps the deaths of Advisers or Field Agents in 1954 until then w…ere still classified. (MORE)
Well, that depends what side you are on. The war was between the capitalist U.S.-backed South Vietnam and the communistist U.S.S.R.-backed North Vietnam. The war was won by the North Vietnamese.
The South Vietnamese were the enemies of the North Vietnamese. The Eastern block supported the North and the Western block supported the South.
Over 58,000 US servicemen, and approximately 600 Australian servicemen were killed in the Vietnam War.
Peter Dewey was the first official US solider death in Vietnam. He died in 1945. The Government has difficulty recognizing him because then they would have to admit that they had US soldiers in Vietnam way before the Government told the American people. http://www.vietnamgear.com/article.aspx?ar…t=34 (MORE)
As is "normal", figures will vary from year to year, and especially from source to source. But more often than not, the figures given closest to the date of occurrence appear to be the most accurate. During the early 1970's the figure of 3,000 rounds of small arms fire, per enemy casualty, was given…. This had a profound effect on individual rifleman tactics. Shortly after these figures were accepted by the US Army, the M-16 rifle's full automatic switch was modified for short bursts. Until there is another change made, Vietnam will be the FIRST and LAST time in history in which the individual rifleman had "Rock an Roll" (full automatic capability). (MORE)
No. See The Virtual Wall site (below) for details. At the time of his death, there was probably little or no knowledge of those earlier deaths. So his death, the first openly known death, remains in the minds of many, including mine, as a powerful and emotional shock, and we will honor him as …our first. I know I will. Here is the The Virtual Wall site: http://www.virtualwall.org/dd/DavisJT01a.htm Wayne Stoffel (MORE)
2 million vietnamese civilians were killed 1,850,000 Vietcong soldiers were killed 1,087,000 South Vietnam soldiers were killed So a total of sbout 5 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians were killed during the Vietnam war
Review the "Vietnam War Memorial Wall" on the website , it will give you the names and home towns, and ages of the more than 58,000 men (Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, and Coast Guard) and 8 women who died in the Vietnam War.
There are over 58,000 names on the Vietnam wall commemorating those who died due to the war. The list is growing as the effects of chemicals such as Agent Orange have added casualties that are directly caused by the war. .
In the 1960's, the news media & magazines (Time, Life, Look, etc.) all referred to the enemy in the Vietnam War as the VC (Viet Cong). After the TET offensive in '68, those men were basically gone (killed off during the TET fighting). But the NAME was already ingrained on the public's mind, and so i…t was too on the GI's in country. But for the new arrivals (GI's) in country from '69 onward, hearing the name "VC" was heard less than the name NVA.. The southern part of SOUTH Vietnam, had been traditonally VC country. But since they had more or less been killed off, from '69 onward, the Mekong Delta area was "basically a VC reputation" only. They were hardly there anymore. When GI's moved northward into the Highlands and northern I Corps, there might have been MORE active VC, but by far the NVA operated in those areas. So the name NVA became more widespread & common than the "local VC", whom by 1970 was considered something of the past.. We always used the term "Charlie" or "Victor Charlie" or "NVA". And when doing so, someone would always snap his head towards the speaker, and say, "...what? where? what are you talking about?" as he became alarmed and looked around. So we tried NOT to use the enemies names during conversation unless it was necessary; because "alarmed" the GI's. There was always something better to talk about than the enemy. (MORE)
Answer . Over 58,000 US servicemen were killed in the Vietnam War.. Answer . Casualties as of November 7 2001: * 58,209 Killed in Action (KIA) and other dead * 303,635 Wounded in action (WIA) (including 153,303 who required hospitalization and 150,332 who didn't) * 1,948 Missing in A…ction (MIA). Source: Wikipedia . (MORE)
The basic identifier was the AK47 or SKS. If a man carried that weapon he was normally shot at. Consequently, CIA and other allied operatives kept their distance from known US troop concentrations, lest they be shot it. Otherwise, generally speaking, the NVA wore faded OD uniforms with a faded OD p…ith helmet (normally fresh Olive Drab uniforms/helmet would be heavily soiled/faded by the time those troops reached South Vietnam). The VC wore what they could get their hands on, therefore the VC were difficult to identify. North Viet Air Force jets had yellow stars painted on them; NVA tanks had yellow stars painted on their turrets, or large numbers. (MORE)
It makes killing them easier. If you can work yourself up to hate the other side, you don't have to feel bad about killing them. Also, propaganda is often a part of war, so if your leaders tell you that the other side does bad things or that they don't have souls or whatever, then it helps unify the… troops against a common enemy and you'd be less likely to want to question the assignment. (MORE)
Of the U.S. units it was probably the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta. Of course it is hard to say for sure. The Communists made concerted efforts to bury their dead quickly before they could be counted. Many were also obliterated by bombs and artillery fire which left few remains to be co…unted. As the old gunfighter saying in the old west used to go: "There's always somebody faster..." So it was back in the 1980's when US Marine Corp's Sniper, Sergeant Carlos Hathcock was officially credited with the "highest" communist body count during the Viet War, with 93 confirmed kills. In keeping with the famous old saying, "...theres always somebody faster...", during this 21st century, new Vietnam War sniper kills have surfaced, claiming even higher kills. For aerial combat, the highest air to air combat kills were made by US Naval Pilot Cunningham with 5 aerial victories over North Vietnamese Air Force MIGs; and US Air Force Pilot Ritchie with 5 aerial victories over North Vietnamese Air Force MIGs. A minimum of Five aerial kills of enemy planes is required to obtain ACE status. Both US fighter pilots flew the F-4 Phantom II aircraft. Cunningham and Ritchie were the LAST US ACE's of the 20th Century. If US Air Force Colonel Robin Olds felt like admitting it, he may have been the top ACE of the Vietnam War; Olds shot down over 5 German aircraft during WW2, and shot down 4 North Vietnamese Air Force MIG jet fighters over North Vietnam. It is rumored that he shot down a "5th MIG" which would have made him the war's 3rd and highest ranking ACE (the WW2 kills would have been combined with his Vietnam War kills). But Colonel Olds loved fighting and knew the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) of military ACE's; they were often pulled OUT of combat after receiving ACE status, to avoid being shot down and captured, thus giving the enemy a propaganda victory. So when confronted with the question of "...did he get a fifth MIG?' He would just wink. Robin Olds also flew the F-4 Phantom. The US Army's 1st Air Cavalry Division had the highest casualty rates of any division during the war with over 5,000 men killed, and most likely will have the more arguable highest enemy kill ratio to go with it. The only contestant with those statistics will be the US Marines who fought some of the bloodiest battles of the war at Khe Sanh and Hue during the 1968 TET offensive. (MORE)
US Infantrymen experienced more combat in Vietnam due to the helicopter; which picked him up from one battle and inserted him into another firefight. After two battles, if he was needed in another ongoing skirmish, he'd be choppered into that one too.. During WW2, when a GI was in battle, that woul…d be his only one. Until they drove their Trucks, Half Tracks, or in MOST CASEs "Walked" (Marched) toward's their next battle. WW2 was a war in which GI's ADVANCED towards the enemy's capital (Berlin or Tokyo). Fight one battle, win it, then advance forward to the next one, until the war was over.. The Vietnam War was fight over there, then go back and fight over here, then go back again and fight in that area. The Helicopter made the Vietnam War the most mobile war in military history. (MORE)
During the 1980's, the official highest ranking man was US Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt Carlos Hathcock; with a confirmed count of 93 enemy bodies. Since that time, others seemed to have surfaced.
Over 3,000 Pennsylvania men were killed in Vietnam. See website: Vietnam War Casualties by state, for their names.
Although not generally reported to the men in the field by name, high ranking US officers believed that some NVA generals may have been killed during B-52 strikes. General Giap, one of the few NVA generals fairly common to most US servicemen, due to his reputation during the French War, as well as t…he siege at the Marine Corps base at Khe Sanh; definitely survived the war & definitely would have been reported as killed...if he had been. (MORE)
L C William Nolde was the last US soldier killed in Vietnam. He was buried in Feb. 1973
38,209 US Soldiers were killed in Vietnam. The remaining 20,000 men were Marines, Sailors, and Airmen.
Both. They captured the most valiant of their enemy and in a ceremony on top of one of their many pyramids, the priest cut out the soldiers heart and held it up for all to see -- still beating.
The Aztecs captured them and made them prisoners. The prisoners were then used as a sacrifices in the Aztecs many religious festivals. Some Aztec wars (Flower Wars) were waged for the specific purpose of getting prisoners for future sacrifice.
About 38,209 US soldiers were killed in Vietnam. The other dead 20,000 men were Airmen, Marines, and Sailors.
They weren't all soldiers. Pampa TX sacrificed 6 men to the war: 2 US Soldiers; 2 US Marines; 1 US Sailor; and 1 USAF Aviator.
The ARVN's may have had some regiments by that number; but not the US. The only US Army (Marines didn't use em) Airborne Divisions and Brigades in Vietnam were:. 1. 82nd Abn. 2. 173rd Abn. 3. 101st Abn (Ambl). US Special Forces are not counted. The 101st Abn was technically an Airmobile Division… in Vietnam. There was actually controversy in Vietnam on whether or not the 101st shoulder patch should be changed to read (on the tab) AIRMOBILE instead of AIRBORNE. As any active duty servicemember can tell you, they still read "Airborne." (MORE)
Of the more than 58,000 American soldier killed during the Vietnam War, eight were women. Sixty American female civilians were also killed.
The best way is to use the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall website. Punch in the name, and the information will say (as an example): Small Arms or Non-Hostile or Aircraft Accident; Body Recovered; etc. Any time a GI was killed by a machinegun, grenade, rifle, pistol, RPG, maybe even a mortar or rocke…t attack...the field reports usually said "small arms" fire. Incoming artillery/rocket fire might be indicated by "hostile artillery", etc. AAR (declassified After Action Reports from Maryland (Archives) might also help. But in those cases, they'll want to know WHAT DATE and WHAT UNIT that you're requesting; and they charge by the page (so it can become expensive, if theres alot of pages). When requesting military info from the archives in Maryland, they'll expect YOU to know what YOU'RE asking for. If YOU don't know the date and unit, then select a "general" time & date; example: (using the final US Army offensive in Vietnam as an example): Request AAR's for the 1st Brigade 5th Mechanized Infantry Division during Operation Lam Son 719 in 1971. Since that was a massive 60 day plus campaign, it might be too expensive to receive that many copies of the report, so request "the last 14 days of the op." Or the "first 15 days..." Whatever the historian can afford. (MORE)
A conservative estimate was about 2 to 1 in favor of the NVAF who were flyng MiG-17's up thru Rolling Thunder ('65-'68). In 1969, after the USN's Top Gun school opened in California, the air kills reversed; and US airmen were being credited with 3 & 4 to 1 kills in favor of the US. The best aeria…l kill ratio for a single jet fighter type, may have been accomplished by the USN's F8 Crusader (the last gunfighter) with a possible ratio of 19 to 1. Although most historians don't like to admit it, the MiG-21 was favored over the MiG-17 by NVAF pilots (and not the other way around). Most of the North Vietnamese pilots scored their aerial kills while flying the MiG-21. The North's MiG-17's may have gotten their favorite "status" from the early war years, when that was the only jet that US fighter pilots encountered on a regular basis. The North Vietnamese AF received their MiG-19's (J6 versions) strictly from Communist China in 1969, and their MiG-21's came strictly from the USSR. MiG-17's came from both super powers. The MiG-19 was an excellent jet, but because it had twin engines, it was a maintenance headache for the ground crews. (MORE)
Sources vary; some state 3,000; some say 30,000 bullets. The real answer might be, "in some battles it took about 3,000 rounds to kill an enemy; and in some battles...maybe it did take 30,000 bullets to kill one." Naturally, no one's probably taking into account the mini-gun that could fire 6,000 …bullets a minute. Mini-guns firing 7.62mm NATO rounds (.308 caliber) were used in Vietnam as often as people put gas in their cars in America! Consequently, with a mini-gun, with 5 minutes of firing...that's 30,000 bullets right there! (MORE)
In America: Soldiers are members of an army. Sailors are members of a navy. Airmen are aviation personnel, normally as members of an Air Force; Marines are Marines and are assigned to the US Navy. Surely you must mean how many US Servicemen were killed in WWII contrasted with the Vietnam War...be…cause there ARE break-down statistics for "Soldier" casualties ONLY; for example, over 58,000 US servicemen were killed in Vietnam...of that figure, about 38,209 were US SOLDIERS. More US servicemen were killed in WWII than Vietnam. (MORE)
Any Japanese military casualties in Vietnam (Indochina) would've occurred during allied guerrilla actions, and those statistics would be included in WWII figures. To include any aircraft/airmen losses during their attack on the British battleship & battlecruiser HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse o…n 10 December 1941; as Japanese bombers took off from airfields in the former South Vietnam. Since the end of WWII, the Japanese military is forbidden to fight wars. Their military is not allowed to be called an army, navy, or air force; they are called "Self-Defense Forces." There were only two Vietnam Wars: the French & American Wars. (MORE)
The amount of Axis Soldiers Canadian Soldiers killed in World War 1 was far greater then the Canadian deaths. The difference ( or ratio) for Canadian Soldiers was 8 - 1. For every Canadian soldiers death there were 8 more Axis kills. The 8-1 difference was the highest in World War 1.
Because those were the new regulations for fighting the war. Allprevious wars had been fought and measured by gaining ground(winning territory). Vietnam would be fought and measured bycounting enemy casualties. With that said, it's commonplace for any nation's military to countthe casualties of thei…r own losses and those of the enemy. (MORE)
What a charming phrase. North Vietnamese and NLF military deaths were reported in 1995 as 1.1 million, against 58,200 US fatalities, a crude ratio of 18.9:1 between the major adversaries. But it's unclear what period is covered in the Vietnamese figure, or how many of the deaths were inflicted by n…on-US forces. (MORE)
NVA & VC. Note: The USAF & USN (air units) were fighting against the North Viet Air Force and the North Viet Ground Defense Systems (Surface to Air Missiles & AAA fire). Note #2: The initial opening of hostilities between Hanoi & Washington was between the North Viet Navy vs the US Navy in the Ton…kin Gulf in 1964. (MORE)
During the Vietnam War tattoos were generally prohibited for all US military officers and were HIGHLY frowned upon for any enlisted man. Since, during those times, mostly prison inmates and sailors had tattoos on their bodies...any man having tattoos indicating "kill markings" would quite possibly …have been drummed out of the service as an un-desirable person. (MORE)
Counting airmen, marines, coast guardsmen, US sailors and US soldiers (Army); over 58,000 men dead, over 300,000 men wounded.
They sent grenades, bombs, gas bombs and pretty much anything explosive they could get their hands on. They also shot them with rifles etc.
You cab look for a National Vietnam War Museum in your area. They have a wall with soldier's names on it. There is one in Weatherford, TX, Orlando, FL, and in Washington D.C.
The US. Only the US was bombing North Vietnam. Although American and Australian men 'o war were bombarding North Vietnam along their coastline.
US soldier as in US Army? Or US soldier being a generic term for any member of the US military? Because according to the President Ford administration, the last US fighting men killed in the Vietnam War weren't "Soldiers" at all...but United States Marines! Mayaquez incident May 1975.
Stonewall Jackson of the Confederates. There are several versions of this story - people still think something is being covered-up.
The PI deployed about 2,000 men to RVN, which included a battery of artillerymen (6 field guns). During the war PI forces suffered about 12 casualties, half of which were killed.
The ratio was 2.64 union soldiers for every confederate soldier. NEW RESPONDENT The most optimistic calculations give as an overall ratio between the two armies, in terms of men employed on the field of 1,50-1,75 Union soldiers for every Confederate.
Songs and jokes helped us to be 'desensitized' to the killing and carnage. It was far easier to destroy the enemy if the need to do so was inculcated into each soldier during training and continuing in combat.
The Aztec were very territorial so they defended their land with agility. They didnt want their magnificent empire to crumble because of enemies taking land. To be quite blunt the Aztecs hated everyone except their civilization.
Because the North Vietnamese (enemy) and the South Vietnamese (good guys) look exactly alike (genetically the same). This means that insurgent ENEMIES can hide in the general population and not be recognized.
Machine gunners had to have a fixed position. Unlike the infantrysoldier, they couldn't easily pick up their machine gun and run toa safer position.
The total number of deaths vary widely. Allied military deaths 282,000. NVA/VC military 444,000. Civilian, north and south Vietnan 627,000. Total 1,353,000.