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  • The troops in Vietnam More than 2 million Americans served in Vietnam A total of 500,000 were in Vietnam at one time
  • The troops in Vietnam
    • In war’s early stages, most were professional soldiers
    • As need for more troops increased, a military draft carried out in 1965
  • The draft
    • 1 out of 4 young men were excused for health reasons
    • Additional 30 percent received non-health related exemptions or postponements of service (usually due to college)
    • The average U.S. soldier in Vietnam was younger, poorer, and less educated than those who had served in World War II or in the Korean War
  • African Americans and Hispanics in the War
    • Served in combat in high numbers, many in most dangerous ground units
    • High casualty rates
  • By the numbers
    • More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed
    • More than 300,000 wounded
    • 2,500 M.I.A. No one ever found them
    • More than 600 Americans were held as prisoners of war (POWs). Some POWs spent more than six years in North Vietnamese jails
  • Hardships that Vietnam War soldiers faced
    • Heat
    • Rain
    • Mud
    • Dust
    • Bugs
    • Snakes
    • Infections
    • Disease
  • Guerilla warfare
    • Ambushes, sabotage, terrorist attacks and other surprise attacks against a regular army or police force
    Guerrilla war is difficult for conventional armies to fight
  • “Agent Orange”
    • Chemical sprayed on plants to cause its leaves to fall off and deny cover for North Vietnamese guerilla soldiers
    • Between 1963 and 1966, 6 million gallons of agent orange were used in Vietnam
    • Many soldiers and civilians suffered disease and genetic disorders because of Agent Orange
    • Effects can still be seen today
  • Guerilla warfare
    • A hidden enemy : No uniforms or camouflaged soldiers
    • Surprise attacks by hidden and waiting enemy troops
  • “Booby traps”
    • Hidden explosive devices set up to go off when touched or stepped on
    • Used frequently by Viet Cong
    • Soldiers stepping on such traps faced amputation when wounds became infected
    • 10,000 US servicemen lost at least one limb during war