Vietnam War: Facts, Stats & Myths

Myth: Common belief is that most Vietnam veterans were drafted.
Fact: 2/3 of the men who served in Vietnam were volunteers. 2/3 of the men who served in World War II were drafted. Approximately 70% of those killed in Vietnam were volunteers.

9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the official Vietnam era from August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975.

2,709,918 Americans served in uniform in Vietnam.

Vietnam Veterans represented 9.7% of their generation.

240 men were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.

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23 comments


  • JIM OTIS SGT 1833 65-66 67-68

    IT SHOULD BE CALLED STOLEN VALOR.


  • Gio

    I absolutely agree with Cpl James Kanavy. I am a Vietnam Era veteran, (71-91) never stepped foot in Vietnam. I would not wear a pin like that and sully the honor of those who served in country. I have met and been disgusted by some who claim to be a Vietnam Veteran and when asked what unit and where they were in Vietnam to find out the answer, “Oh, I was stateside but served during Vietnam.”


  • Paul S

    Hey Brother Nick, Your story is similar to mine.could not wait to get home and go have a beer with my Dad at the Legion. It did not go the way I imagined. That’s all I will say. Paul S 0311


  • Cpl James Hornsey Mike 3/1 CUPP

    Hey brother Nick. I was with Mike 3/1 all of 70. It was turned into a CUPP unit. Just one squad of us with one squad of PF’s. When they were around. We stayed on the edges of villages and ran 4 man patrols and ambushes both night and day. Got pretty interesting. Semper Fi.


  • G. Willard 0311, 8651/0321, 8511,….

    Our family is in our 4th consecutive generation of Marines since Korea. Just an observation: Korean conflict was 1950 till 27July1953 (one of my birthdays, hmm), 36,914 KIA; Vietnam, using 8Mar1965 when 3,500 Marines landed and engaged in action, 0ver 58,000 KIA in Vietnam. Obviously, the manpower commitment, the length of time, and advanced weaponry affected those numbers. Regardless, that’s a lot of American heroes. Semper Fi all!!


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