How did people get killed in the Vietnam War?
Fixed wing aircraft dropped high explosive bombs and napalm
bombs. Fired rockets, and cannons. Those were some of the types of
weapons that inflicted casualties. Rotor wing aircraft
(Helicopters) fired mini-guns (electric powered gatling guns,
normally consisting of 6 barrels), machinguns, and fired rockets
(2.75 inch). Tanks fired 76MM (M-41 Walker Bulldog tank), 90MM
(M-48 Patton tank), 152MM (M-551 Sheridan tank). These weapons
inflicted casualties. M-113's Armored Personnel Carriers/Armored
Cavalry Assault Vehicles were armed with one .50 caliber machingun
and two M-60 machinguns. These inflicted casualties. Artillerymen
firing 105MM & 155MM howitzers; 155MM, 8", 175mm, self
propelled guns, and M-42 Dusters (twin barreled 40MM), inflicted
casualties. Swift Boats, PBR's (Patrol Boat River), Alpha Boats
(Assault Support Patrol Boats), and Monitors (River Battleships)
fired 81MM mortars, .50 caliber machineguns, and 40MM cannons.
These weapons inflicted casualties. Infantrymen armed with M-14
rifles, M-16 rifles, .45 pistols, M-3 submachinguns (.45 caliber),
M-60 machinguns, M-79 grenade launchers, M-203 over and under
combination rifle/grenade launcher, claymore anti-personnel mines
(land mine), M-72 LAW's (66mm Light Anti-Armor Weapon), and hand
grenades, inflicted casualties.
About half of US casualties were caused by land mines and 122MM
rockets provided to North Vietnam by the Russians. Small arms fire
accounted for a large percentage and so did accidents. Over 10% of
casualties were non combat related due to injury or illness.