2019-10-05 15:41:03 UTC
Notice dated 28 Feb. 2019:
As of this date the American War Library estimates
that approximately 610,000 Americans who served on
land in Vietnam or in the air over Vietnam between
1954 and 1975 are alive today. And approximately
164,000 Americans who served at sea in Vietnam
waters are alive today.
PLEASE NOTE: The above numbers do not include the approximate 2500-3000
US Air Force personnel who operated in Guam, Thailand or other countries
far remote from combat exposure that were authorized the Vietnam Service
Medal by the USAF for providing support to air crews flying over
Vietnam, but themselves did not spend any amount of time in harm's way.
Because of faulty record keeping there is no confirmed number of
Americans who served in Vietnam. The best estimate that the Department
of Defense can conclude is that between 2,709,918 to 3,173,845 GI's
served in-country and in-waters Vietnam between 1954 and 1975 (this does
not count the handful of Americans who served in Vietnam during WW2).
However, veterans groups estimate that today approximately 9 to 12
million Americans fraudulently claim they served in Vietnam.
After extensive research of various mortality indexes and sources The
American War Library estimates that approximately one-third of those who
did serve in Vietnam (approximately 850,000) are alive today [18 Aug 2007].