What Is an Estimate of Vietnam War Casualties?


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Approximately 58,000 U.S. casualties, along with over 3 million deaths among the people of Indochina, occurred during the American phase of the Vietnam War, which lasted from roughly 1955 to 1975. Many deaths were a direct result of military action in Vietnam, while others were suffered in Cambodia and Laos.

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What Is an Estimate of Vietnam War Casualties?
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Estimates of Vietnam War casualties differ considerably. The government of Vietnam claims over 3 million people died violently during the war years, while a demographic study suggests a total death toll of around 882,000. The demographic study counts combat deaths, but it does not include the number of those who died from the disruption of agriculture and transportation networks during and immediately following the war years.

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