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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 <ul><li>In war’s early stages, most were professional soldiers </li></ul><ul><li>As need for more tr...
The draft <ul><li>1 out of 4 young men were excused for health reasons </li></ul><ul><li>Additional 30 percent received no...
<ul><li>The average U.S. soldier in Vietnam was younger, poorer, and less educated than those who had served in World War ...
African Americans and Hispanics in the War <ul><li>Served in combat in high numbers, many in most dangerous ground units <...
By the numbers <ul><li>More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed  </li></ul><ul><li>More than 300,000 wounded </li></...
Hardships that Vietnam War soldiers faced <ul><li>Heat </li></ul><ul><li>Rain </li></ul><ul><li>Mud </li></ul><ul><li>Dust...
Guerilla warfare  <ul><li>Ambushes, sabotage, terrorist attacks and other surprise attacks against a regular army or polic...
“Agent Orange” <ul><li>Chemical sprayed on plants to cause its leaves to fall off and deny cover for North Vietnamese guer...
Guerilla warfare <ul><li>A hidden enemy : No uniforms or camouflaged soldiers </li></ul><ul><li>Surprise attacks  by hidde...
“Booby traps” <ul><li>Hidden explosive devices set up to go off when touched or stepped on  </li></ul><ul><li>Used frequen...
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Vietnam Troops, Reactions

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

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