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How many people died because of the Vietnam War?

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Estimates of deaths caused by the Vietnam war range between 1.3 million and 3.9 million fatalities. Varying sources and inconsistent reports account for the lack of a single total.

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The Vietnam War, lasting from 1954 to 1975, was fought between North Vietnam and an alliance of South Vietnam and the United States. The United States lost a total of 58,220 soldiers, and South Vietnam had between 110,000 and 250,000 killed in action. North Vietnam, including communist rebels in the South, lost approximately 1 million combatants. Considering both sides of the conflict, an estimated 500,000 civilians were killed during the war.

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