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How many Americans died in Vietnam War?

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A total of 58,209 Americans died in the Vietnam War. Of these, 47,424 are listed as combat deaths, and 10,785 are listed as being killed in other circumstances. In addition, 2,489 Americans are listed as missing.

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How many Americans died in Vietnam War?
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The Vietnam War ranks fourth among U.S. wars in most Americans killed. The U.S. Civil War ranks first when counting both sides of the conflict; approximately 650,000 Americans died in total. The second-deadliest war was World War II, with 405,399 Americans killed; the third-deadliest was World War I, which killed 116,516 Americans. To date, approximately 1.3 million Americans have died in all U.S. wars.

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    What was the Vietnam War about?

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    The Vietnam War began as a civil war between North and South Vietnam, with the South being opposed to communist rule. Most historians see the Vietnam War as a consequence of the Cold War and the fear of global communism.

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    Where was the Vietnam War fought?

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    The Vietnam War took place within the region of Southeast Asia east of Thailand and south of China formerly known as Indochina, which is now comprised of the countries of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Most of the fighting occurred within the country that was then known as South Vietnam, but the conflict spilled over into the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia to the east. Aerial bombing raids were also conducted over the area that was, at the time of the fighting, a separate country called North Vietnam.

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    What started the Vietnam War?

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    The Vietnam War began as a colonial conflict between the Viet Minh of Ho Chi Minh and the French administration that was seeking to regain control of Indochina after World War II. This conflict culminated in the French leaving Vietnam, the dividing of the country into two parts and the United States stepping in and replacing the French first with military advisors and then with active ground troops.

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    When did the Vietnam War begin?

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    The Vietnam War began in 1954. The war started due to rising tensions between the communist and Soviet backed North Vietnamese and the South Vietnamese, which had the support of the United States. United States involvement in the war ended in 1973, although the conflict didn't fully end until 1975.

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