How Many Casualties Were There During the Vietnam War Between 1961 and 1975?


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As of 2015, official estimates of American casualties during the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1975 include 58,209 dead and 303,644 wounded. Of these, 47,434 deaths are classified as hostile or combat-related and 10,786 unaccounted for or attributed to other causes. South Korea suffered 4,407 casualties, and Australia had 506.

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Estimates of casualties during the Vietnam War vary widely. The total number of casualties is between 1.4 and 3.6 million people. Civilian casualties constitute 30 to 50 percent of total deaths, according to some experts. From 1961 to 1975, there were an estimated 530,000 to 1.5 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong casualties. South Vietnamese deaths during this period range from 282,000 to 450,000. Estimated Cambodian and Laotian casualties are between 220,000 and 500,000. Studies attribute an additional 3 million deaths to executions, famine and disease.

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