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NEW BUSINESS:

AS WAS DISCUSSED AT OUR SEPTEMBER 2012 BANQUET OUR PLAQUE SITUATION IS DIRE.  WE MUST ACQUIRE NEW SPACES FOR OUR COMRADES THAT ARE NO LONGER WITH US.  WE SHARED THE COST FOR THE NEW PLAQUE ($1275.00) WHICH INCLUDES THE PLAQUE, THE ENGRAVING OF NAMES ON THEM AND INCLUDED THE TENNESSEE STATE SALES TAX THAT WE MUST PAY.

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2nd Aerial Port Squadron
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8280 High Pointe Dr. Apt. 12-I
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Excerpts from "OPEN DOORS": Vietnam POWs Thirty Years Later

Fact's and Figures

Interesting Vietnam Facts
 

Some Important Data and Statistics: Please read on...
 
In case you haven't been paying attention these past few decades after you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet, in another sense, should give one a sense of pride.
 
"Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam; less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran's age approximated to be 54 years old."
 
So, if you're alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last
1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam? Don't know about you, but kinda gives me the chills, considering this is the kind of information we are used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets.
 
So the last 14 years we are dying too fast, only a few will survive by
2015...if any.
 
If true, 390 VN vets die a day, on average. So in 2190 days from today, you're lucky to be a Vietnam veteran alive..... In only 6 years..
 
These statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the Forward Observer
 
FOR YOUR INFORMATION,
 
STATISTICS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN UNIFORM AND IN COUNTRY VIETNAM VETERANS:
 
* 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era
(August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975).
 
* 8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964-March
28,1973).
 
* 2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam , this number represents 9.7% of their generation.
 
* 3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader Southeast Asia Theater ( Vietnam , Laos , Cambodia , flight crews based in Thailand , and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters).
 
* 2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan.
1,1965 - March 28, 1973). Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between
1960 and 1964.
 
* Of the 2.6 million, between 1-1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.
 
* 7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam .
 
* Peak troop strength in Vietnam : 543,482 (April 30, 1968).
 

CASUALTIES:
 
The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with the
509th Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him.
 
Hostile deaths: 47,378
 
Non-hostile deaths: 10,800
 
Total: 58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties). Men who have subsequently died of wounds account for the changing total.
 
8 nurses died -- 1 was KIA..
 
61% of the men killed were 21 or younger..
 
11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.
 
Of those killed, 17,539 were married.
 
Average age of men killed: 23.1 years
 
Enlisted: 50,274  22.37 years
 
Officers: 6,598  28.43 years
 
Warrants: 1,276  24.73 years
 
E1: 525  20.34 years
 
11B MOS(Infantry): 18,465  22.55 years
 
Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.
 
The oldest man killed was 62 years old.
 
Highest state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1% (national average 58.9% for every 100,000 males in 1970).
 
Wounded: 303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring no hospital care.
 
Severely disabled: 75,000, -- 23,214: 100% disabled;
5,283 lost limbs; 1,081 sustained multiple amputations.
 
Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in WWII and 70% higher than Korea .
 
Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.
 
Missing in Action: 2,338
 
POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)
 
As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
 
DRAFTEES VS.. VOLUNTEERS:
 
25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees.
(66% of U.S. Armed forces members were drafted during WWII).
 
Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam .
 
Reservists killed: 5,977
 
National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.
 
Total draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.
 
Actually served in Vietnam : 38% Marine Corps Draft:
42,633.
 

Last man drafted: June 30, 1973.
 
RACE AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND:
 
88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6%
(275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.
 
86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics);
 
12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to other races.
 
170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam ; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.
 
70% of enlisted men killed were of North-west European descent.
 
86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.
 
14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.
 
34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.
 
Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5% of the total population.
 
Religion of Dead:  Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none --
6.7% SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS:
 
Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups.
 
Vietnam veterans' personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent.
 
76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.
 
Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds.
 
Some 23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional, managerial or technical occupations.
 
79% of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school education or better when they entered the military service. 63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high school upon separation.
 
Deaths by region per 100,000 of population: South -- 31%, West --29.9%; Midwest -- 28.4%; Northeast -- 23.5%.
 
DRUG USAGE & CRIME:
 
There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non-Vietnam Veterans of the same age group. (Source: Veterans Administration Study)
 
Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison - only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.
 

85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian life.
 
WINNING & LOSING:
 
82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of lack of political will.
 
Nearly 75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political will, not of arms.
 
HONORABLE SERVICE:
 
97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged.
 
91% of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are proud to have served their country.
 
74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.
 
87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem..
 
INTERESTING CENSUS STATISTICS & THOSE TO CLAIM TO HAVE "Been There":
 
1,713,823 of those who served in Vietnam were still alive as of August,1995
(census figures).
 
During that same Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country was: 9,492,958.
 
As of the current Census taken during August, 2000, the surviving U.S. Vietnam Veteran population estimate is: 1,002,511. This is hard to believe, losing nearly 711,000 between '95 and '00. That's 390 per day.
 
During this Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country is: 13,853,027. By this census, FOUR OUT OF FIVE WHO CLAIM TO BE Vietnam vets are not.
 
The Department of Defense Vietnam War Service Index officially provided by The War Library originally reported with errors that 2,709,918 U.S. military personnel as having served in-country. Corrections and confirmations to this erred index resulted in the addition of 358 U.S. military personnel confirmed to have served in Vietnam but not originally listed by the Department of Defense. (All names are currently on file and accessible 24/7/365).
 
Isolated atrocities committed by American Soldiers produced torrents of outrage from anti-war critics and the news media while Communist atrocities were so common that they received hardly any media mention at all. The United States sought to minimize and prevent attacks on civilians while North Vietnam made attacks on civilians a centerpiece of its strategy. Americans who deliberately killed civilians received prison sentences while Communists who did so received commendations.
 
From 1957 to 1973, the National Liberation Front assassinated 36,725 Vietnamese and abducted another 58,499. The death squads focused on leaders at the village level and on anyone who improved the lives of the peasants such as medical personnel, social workers, and school teachers. - Source: Nixon Presidential Papers.

How many POWs were held in Southeast Asia?

Considering this protracted war (59'-75') ended the lives of 58,200 men and women of our armed forces, it is surprising to realize that only 725 uniformed U.S. servicemen are known to be captured alive.  *By comparison, in the four years of WWII, more than 130,200 U.S. Servicemen were captured alive.

Of the remaining 661 survivors of the prison camps there were 139 Army POWs, 333 Air Force POWs, 38 Marine POWs, and 151 Navy POWs who returned alive following the war.

In the entire Vietnam War, there were only 30successful escapes (2 from Laos, 28 from South Vietnam).  There were dozens of thwarted escapes escape attempts in South Vietnam and 17 military men who tried multiple escapes in North Vietnam...All unsuccessfully.

Why were the majority of POWs commissioned officers?

In previous wars, the vast majority of prisoners were enlisted personnel.  The Vietnam War was unusual in that there were more officers captured (approximately 78%) than enlisted (approximately 22%). This is mainly because the four services committed significant air power to interdicting lines of communication between North and South Vietnam, supporting ground operations and attacking airfields in North Vietnam.  Of the 661 military POWs, 143 were enlisted, 504 were commissioned officers and 14 were warrant officers.

Most of the missions in North Vietnam were completed by aviators from the Air Force, Navy and Marines.  To be an aviator required some college and an officers commission.  Most pilots held a college degree.  The missions these aviators were asked to perform were very dangerous and thousands of aircraft were lost.  Untold numbers of helicopters were shot down or lost; the actual totals are simply unavailable.  The records for fixed wing aircraft shot down during the Vietnam War are:

**Air Force - 2,197 aircraft lost, 2,449 fatalities, 341 POWs

Navy - 854 aircraft lost, 575 fatalities, 144 POWs

Marines - 271 aircraft lost, 241 fatalities, 12 POWs

What were the demographics of the POWs?

Of the combat casualties in Vietnam, 86 percent of the service members were Caucasians, 12.5 percent were African-Americans, and 1.2 percent were of other racial or ethnic decent.***  As for the Vietnam War POW population, 630 (95%) were Caucasian, (includes Philippine and Hispanic decent), 27 were African-American (4%) and 4 (1%) were of Asian decent.

While no military service women were captured, a handful of civilian women were held as prisoners in Vietnam.  These included 3 nurses, 2 volunteer doctors, a teacher, and a missionary.

How many servicemen and women are still unaccounted for or MIA from Vietnam?

There are 1,835 military casualties still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.****  By comparison, approximately 80,000 are MIA from WWII and some 8,200 are still MIA from the Korean War (1950-1953).

Excerpted from "Open Doors" By Taylor B. Kiland, and Jamie Howren

* Data collected by Capt. M. McGrath USN (Ret), former POW

** Chris Hobson, "Vietnam Air Losses" U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Fixed wing losses in Vietnam.

*** B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley, "Stolen Valor"

**** Robert E. Klein, PhD, M.R. Wells, MS, and Janet Sommers, BA, "Former American POWs"

Past Reunions Page...

Communities & Forums

Check out our "Past Reunions" page.  It's  filled with pictures from our all of our reunions held from 1993 right up to our last reunion September of 2005 in Smyrna, Tennessee.

 
bullet MSN People & Chat

 Vital Links: Here is a sample of what you will find when you access the "Vital Links" page

 

bulletAgent Orange Information:      http://vvof.org/vvofaopg.htm
bulletDiscussion Group for C-130 Vets:     http://groups.msn.com/Herkybirds
bulletVeteran Records:     http://www.VETRECS.com/
bullet And much, much more

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CNN: http://www.cnn.com

 

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          Attn: Clara Vaught
8280 High Pointe Dr. Apt. 12-I
          Newburgh, IN 47630
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