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What were the total casulties in the Vietnam conflict?

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Answered 2008-06-08 11:28:26

About 6.7 million total death and at least another 3.5 million wounded.

Comment: That is as inflated a figure as I have ever heard. By all accounts there are varying claims of 600,000 to 1.2 million deaths in North Vietnam and their combatants in South Vietnam. The deaths of civilian and military in South Vietnam approximately 450,000. Nowhere and in no war I have ever heard of have the number of dead exceeded the number wounded. In Vietnam, the number of wounded Americans to those killed were about 19 to 1. Just over 58,000 killed, about 1 million wounded. A pure guess, but I think North Vietnam was about a 5 to 1 ratio. So 3 to 6 million wounded. With Americans about 200,000 suffered permanent debility from physical wounds. Another pure guess, but likely 1 to 1.5 million of the wounded North Vietnamese suffered permanent disability. South Vietnamese because they received American Medical care probably had a similar ratio as Americans. But the reduced and hopefully relatively accurate figures I give are a big tragedy for all three factions. For Vietnam it was their war of liberation from foreign rule and occupation. We fought for te wrong reasons. And 35 years later we prove wrong as all of Southeast Asia did not become Communist as predicted. And we have considerable trade with the former enemy.

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