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How many REAL Vietnam vets
are alive today?
NOTICE DATED 28 FEBRUARY 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]. (Vietnam veterans are dying at about the same rate as their WW2
fathers.) Since 1988 The War Library has been working to verify the
names of all Americans who served in Vietnam, or were authorized the
Vietnam War Service Medal.
Did you serve in Vietnam?
Do you have a family member who served in Vietnam?
The online research project that includes the 2,709,918 Vietnam veterans
officially listed by the Department of Defense [*] is available here
where veterans whose Vietnam service is indicated as confirmed or
VETERAN SEARCH LISTS
VETERANS REGISTRY APPLICATION
[*] Vietnam veterans of other nations are also listed.
Contact Person for this website:
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