Winning & Losing:

82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost
because of a lack of political will.  Nearly 75% of the general public (in 1993) agrees with that.

Age & Honorable Service:

The average age of the G.I. in 'Nam was 19 (26 for WWII)
97% of Vietnam era vets were honorably discharged.

Pride in Service:

91% of veterans of actual combat and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are
proud to have served their country.
66% of Viet vets say they would serve again, if called upon.
87% of the public now holds Viet vets in high esteem.

Helicopter crew deaths accounted for 10% of ALL Vietnam deaths. Helicopter
losses during Lam Son 719  accounted for 10% of all helicopter losses from 1961 to 1975.

US Military battle deaths by year:

Prior to 1966 - 3,078 (Total up through 31 Dec 65)
1966 - 5,008
1967 - 9,378
1968 - 14, 589 (Total while JFK & LBJ were on watch - 32,053)
1969 - 9,414
1970 - 4,221
1971 - 1,381
1972 - 300 (Total while Nixon was on watch - 15,316)

Former South Vietnam was made up of 44 provinces. The province that claimed the most
Americans killed was Quang Tri, which bordered on both North Vietnam and Laos. Fifty four
percent of the Americans killed in Vietnam were killed in the four northernmost provinces, which in
addition to Quang Tri were Thua Thien, Quang Nam and Quan Tin. All of them shared borders with
Laos. An additional six provinces accounted for another 25 % of the Americans killed in action
(KIA). Those six all shared borders with either Laos or Cambodia or had contiguous borders with
provinces that did. The remaining 34 provinces accounted for just 21% of US KIA. These numbers
should dispel the notion that Vietnam was some kind of flaming inferno or a huge cauldron of
burning dissent. The overwhelming majority of Americans killed, died in border battles against
regular NVA units.*Looking back it is now clear that the American military role in "Vietnam" was, in
essence, one of defending international borders. Contrary to popular belief, they turned in an
outstanding performance and accomplished their mission. The US Military was not "Driven" from
Vietnam. The US Congress voted them out. This same Congress then turned around and abandoned
America's former ally, South Vietnam. Should America feel shame? Yes! Why? For kowtowing to
the wishes of those craven hoards of dodgers and for bugging out and abandoning their former ally.
The idea that "There were no front lines." and "The enemy was everywhere." makes good press and
feeds the craven needs of those 16,000,000+ American draft dodgers. Add either a mother or a
father, and throw in another sympathizer in the form of a girl (or boy?) friend and your looking at
well in excess of 50,000,000 Americans with a need to rationalize away their draft-dodging
cowardice and to, in some way, vilify "Vietnam" the very source of their shame and guilt. During the
entire period of the American involvement in "Vietnam" only 2,594,000 US Military actual served
inside the country*. Contrast that number with the 50-million plus draft dodging anti-war crowd and
you have the answer to why the American view of its Vietnam experience is so skewed.
Once the draft dodging gang's numbers reached critical mass, the media and politicians started
playing to the numbers. Multi-million dollar salaries are not paid to people for reporting the news, in
any form, be it written, audio or video. Multi-million dollar salaries (e.g., Cronkite) are paid to
entertainers, stars and superstars. One does not get to be, much less continue to be, a superstar
unless one gives one's audience what it wants. Once the dodging anti-war numbers started climbing
through the stratosphere it was not in the media's interest to say something good about Vietnam to
an audience that was guilt ridden with shame and a deep psychological need to rationalize away the
true source of their guilt.  American as a whole wanted to forget Vietnam, in doing so, it forgot it's

* Data taken from Military .Com., Time, Newsweek, US Army Medical History, 1st Avaition Bde
information sent by email, unknown author.