Sunday, March 29th is the day we remember our veterans that served in the Vietnam War. These photos are from the Vietnam Veterans Memorials in Topeka at 10th & Gage, Washburn University and the Museum of the Kansas National Guard. 58,202 soldiers died during the Vietnam War including 627 from Kansas. The war took place from March 8th, 1965 and officially ended on April 30th, 1975.
Here are a few facts about the Vietnam War:
1. 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (Aug 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975).
2. 8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964 – March 28, 1973).
3. 2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam , this number represents 9.7% of their generation.
4. 3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader Southeast Asia Theater ( Vietnam , Laos , Cambodia , flight crews based in Thailand and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters).
5. 2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan. 1, 1965 – March 28, 1973). Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.
6. Of the 2.6 million, between 1-1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.
7. 7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam