What impact did the Vietnam War have on American society?
The Vietnam War severely damaged the U.S. economy. Unwilling to raise taxes to pay for the war, President Johnson unleashed a cycle of inflation. The war also weakened U.S. military morale and undermined, for a time, the U.S. commitment to internationalism.
Why is the Vietnam War important to American history?
The Vietnam War was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. The war caused turmoil on the home front, as anti-war protests became a feature of American life.
What role did the US play in the Vietnam War?
In March 1965, Johnson made the decisionwith solid support from the American publicto send U.S. combat forces into battle in Vietnam. By June, 82,000 combat troops were stationed in Vietnam, and military leaders were calling for 175,000 more by the end of 1965 to shore up the struggling South Vietnamese army.
What was the life expectancy of a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam?
about two weeks
What were the odds of dying in Vietnam?
One out of every 10 Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty. 58,148 were killed and 304,000 wounded out of 2.7 million who served. Although the percent that died is similar to other wars, amputations or crippling wounds were 300 percent higher than in World War II. 75,000 Vietnam veterans are severely disabled.
What is the life expectancy of a Vietnam veteran?
Your doing good for an old man! A report in 1999 shows Australian Vietnam Veterans life expectancy at 56 years. For US Vietnam Veterans it’s about 66 years vs just about 78 years for non vets.