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Vietnam Casualty Stats

Statistical information about casualties of the Vietnam War

Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division Reference Report




CACCF Record Counts by Age at Time of Death or Declaration of Death (as of 12/98)

Age at Time of Death/Declaration of Death Number of Records
17 12
18 3,103
19 8,283
20 14,095
21 9,705
22 4,798
23 3,495
24 2,650
25 2,018
26 1,414
27 917
28 768
29 710
30-39 4,927
40-49 1,156
50-59 121
60-62 4
Unknown, Not Reported 17
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics

CACCF Record Counts by Branch of Service (as of 12/98)

Military Service Branch Number of Records
Air Force 2,584
Army 38,209
Coast Guard 7
Marine Corps 14,838
Navy 2,555
Total 58,193

Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Casualty Type (as of 12/98)

Type of Casualty Number of Records
Hostile, Killed in Action 38,502
Hostile, Died of Wounds 5,264
Hostile, Died While Missing 3,524
Hostile, Died While Captured 116
Non-Hostile, Died from Other Causes 7,458
Non-Hostile, Died of Illness or Injury 1,978
Non-Hostile, Died While Missing 1,351
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Country of Casualty, as of 12/98

Country of Casualty Number of Records
Cambodia 520
Laos 733
North Vietnam 1,124
Communist China 10
Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) 55,629
Thailand 177
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics



CACCF Record Counts by Marital Status, as of 12/98

Marital Status Number of Records
Married 17,215
Single 40,775
Unknown, Not Reported 203
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Military Pay Grade, as of 12/98

Military Pay Grade Number of Records
Enlisted (E1-E9) 50,312
Officer (O1-O8) 6,602
Warrant Officer (W1-W4) 1,278
Unknown/Not Reported 1
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Race (as of 12/98)
Racial category titles are those used in the documentation created at the genesis of the file, ca. 1967

Race Number of Records
American Indian 226
Caucasian 50,120
Malayan 252
Mongolian 116
Negro 7,264
Unknown, Not Reported 215
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Reason (Cause of Casualty) (as of 12/98)
in order of most frequent cause to least frequent cause

Reason (Cause of Casualty) Number of Records
Gun, Small Arms Fire 18,518
Multiple Fragmentary Wounds 8,456
Air Loss, Crash on Land 7,992
Other Explosive Devices 7,450
Artillery, Rocket or Mortar 4,914
Other Accident 1,371
Misadventure 1,326
Drowned, Suffocated 1,207
Vehicle Loss, Crash 1,187
Accidental Homicide 944
Accidental Self Destruction 842
Other Causes 754
Air Loss, Crash in Sea 577
Burns 530
Illness, Disease 482
Suicide 382
Heart Attack 273
Intentional Homicide 234
Malaria 118
Bomb Explosion 52
Stroke 42
Hepatitis 22
Unknown, Not Reported 520
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Religion (as of 12/98)

Religion Number of Records
Assemblies of God 117
Baptist-American Baptist Church 4
Baptist-Southern Baptist Church 121
Baptist-Other Groups 9,478
Brethren, Dunkers 63
Buddhism 53
Christian Science 63
Church of Christ 528
Church of God 238
Congregational Christian 145
Disciples of Christ 34
Episcopal, Anglican 825
Evangelical, United Brethren 39
Evangelical, Reformed 11
Friends, Quakers 12
Jehovah's Witnesses 26
Jewish 269
Latter Day Saints, Mormon 589
Lutheran & Missouri Synod 2,251
Methodist 4,079
Mission Covenant 1
Moslem, Muslim 12
Nazarene 132
Orthodox, Greek 58
Orthodox, Russian 22
Pentecostal 182
Presbyterian 1,303
Protestant-Other Churches 559
Protestant-No Preference 16,644
Reformed 45
Roman Catholic 16,815
Seventh Day Adventist 116
Unitarian Universalist 45
United Church of Christ 11
No Religious Preference 1,284
Other Religions 210
Unknown, Not Reported 1,809
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Service Component (as of 12/98)

Service Component Number of Records
Military Reserves 5,760
National Guard 97
Regular Military 34,475
Selective Service 17,672
Unknown, Not Reported 189
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Sex (as of 12/98)

Sex Number of Records
Female 8
Male 58,185
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics



CACCF Record Counts by State Home of Record (as of 12/98)
Note that State Lists of Vietnam War casualties are also available online, sorted both alphabetically by last name and by home place of record. Please see:
State Level Lists of Casualties from the Vietnam War.


State Home of Record Number of Records
Alabama 1,207
Alaska 57
Arizona 623
Arkansas 588
California 5,573
Canal Zone 2
Colorado 620
Connecticut 611
Delaware 122
District of Columbia 242
Florida 1,952
Georgia 1,582
Guam 70
Hawaii 276
Idaho 217
Illinois 2,934
Indiana 1,532
Iowa 853
Kansas 627
Kentucky 1,055
Louisiana 882
Maine 343
Maryland 1,014
Massachusetts 1,323
Michigan 2,654
Minnesota 1,072
Mississippi 637
Missouri 1,413
Montana 268
Nebraska 395
Nevada 151
New Hampshire 227
New Jersey 1,484
New Mexico 399
New York 4,121
North Carolina 1,609
North Dakota 198
Ohio 3,096
Oklahoma 988
Oregon 709
Pennsylvania 3,144
Puerto Rico 345
Rhode Island 207
South Carolina 896
South Dakota 193
Tennessee 1,291
Texas 3,415
Utah 366
Vermont 100
Virgin Islands 15
Virginia 1,304
Washington 1,050
West Virginia 732
Wisconsin 1,161
Wyoming 120
Other (non-U.S. home of record) 121
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


CACCF Record Counts by Year of Death or Declaration of Death (as of 12/98)
Year of Death or Declaration of Death Number of Records
1956-1960 9
1961 16
1962 52
1963 118
1964 206
1965 1,863
1966 6,143
1967 11,153
1968 16,592
1969 11,616
1970 6,081
1971 2,357
1972 641
1973 168
1974 178
1975 161
1976 77
1977 96
1978 447
1979 148
1980 26
1981-1990 34
1991-1998 11
Total 58,193
Record counts provided for informational purposes only, not official statistics


Contact Information

For more information, please contact Reference Services, Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division (NWME), The National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. The telephone number is (301) 837-0470 and the e-mail address is cer@nara.gov.

THEODORE J. HULL
Archives Specialist
Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division

Revised 12/02; 8/05; 2/07



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