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What were the total casulties in the Vietnam conflict?

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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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