As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War wasn't actually a war, America has refused to call anything that it has been involved in militarily a war since the end of  WWII. In a frantic bid to contain communism, the USA sent its military to support South Vietnam against North Vietnam/Vietnam People's Army. 
North Vietnam considered it to be a colonial war. It was initially fought against France, with Vietnam backed by the US. South Vietnam was considered to be a puppet of the US.
American military arrived in 1950, and left in 1973.
Bombings and guerrilla warfare occurred in all parts of Vietnam, as well as in Laos and Cambodia.

Share with the class what you know about the Vietnam War.  Search the Internet and tell the class something new that you just learned and be sure to share the link to this site. When done, comment on two classmates' postings.

61% of those who died in Vietnam were under 21 #sad   #lostgeneration   #america  

Because of the stressful fighting conditions in the war many soldiers were depressed and angry and some turned to drugs to release the stress 

58,148 were killed in Vietnam.

75,000 were severely disabled.

23,214 were 100% disabled.

5,283 lost limbs.

1,081 sustained multiple amputations.

More than 500,000 Americans were involved in the Vietnam war and 58,000 died

According to U.S. General William Westmoreland, the United States won 90% of the engagements on the ground.  The war was lost on the home front.  The American public was for the first time exposed to destruction on this scale while seated on the sofa, and it was a shock.  The United States maintained a technical advantage though out the war.  In 1972, we stalled the North Vietnamese army for a month simply by bombing the bejesus out of them. 

2/3 of the men who served in Vietnam were volunteers.

2,709,918 American men served in Vietnam
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