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Myth: The domino theory was proved false.

The domino theory was accurate. The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand stayed free of Communism because of the U.S. commitment to Vietnam. The Indonesians threw the Soviets out in 1966 because of America's commitment in Vietnam. Without that commitment, Communism would have swept all the way to the Malacca Straits that is south of Singapore and of great strategic importance to the free world. If you ask people who live in these countries that won the war in Vietnam, they have a different opinion from the American news media. The Vietnam War was the turning point for Communism.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1333698/posts

Following a congressional mandate in 1983, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study was conducted by the U.S. government to better understand the development of PTSD from the Vietnam War, as well as other problems.
The findings from this study were alarming. At the time of the study (middle to late 1980s), among Vietnam veterans, approximately 15% of men and 9% of women were found to currently have PTSD. Approximately 30% of men and 27% of women had PTSD at some point in their life following Vietnam.

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the Bell UH-1 helicopter, popularly known as the "Huey," was the workhorse aircraft for U.S. forces in Vietnam. Well adapted for jungle warfare, the Huey could fly at low altitudes and speeds, land in small clearings, maneuver to dodge enemy fire, and carry an array of powerful armaments.
Among other duties, the versatile chopper transported troops, equipment, supplies, and support personnel into the field; provided additional firepower to troops engaged on the ground; and evacuated the dead and wounded.

Estimated total deaths:
South Vietnam - approximately 300,000 soldiers dead, up to 3,000,000 civilians
North Vietnam + Viet Cong - approximately 1,100,000 soldiers dead, up to 2,000,000 civilians
Cambodia - 200,000 or more civilians dead
United States - 58,220 dead
Laos - approximately 30,000 dead
South Korea - 5,099 dead
People's Republic of China - 1,446 dead
Thailand - 1,351 dead
Australia - 521 dead
New Zealand - 37 dead
Soviet Union - 16 dead.

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look at all these deaths!!!!!! -Maria
Hostile deaths: 47,359

Non-hostile deaths: 10,797

Total: 58,156 (including men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties).

Highest state death rate: West Virginia--84.1. (The national average death rate for males in 1970 was 58.9 per 100,000).

WIA: 303,704 - 153,329 required hospitalization, 50,375 who did not.

Severely disabled: 75,000, 23,214 were classified 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 in Korea. Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.

MIA: 2,338

POW: 766, of whom 114 died in captivity.

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 KIA: 5,977

National Guard: 6,140 served; 101 died.

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The United States suffered 58,151 deaths during the conflict between 1964 and 1973.   There were 153,303 soldiers wounded, and there are over 2,400 soldiers still missing! :0 (from Sasha) 

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Hugh Thompson, the helicopter pilot who stopped the My Lai massacre, later told the news program "60 Minutes" that he received death threats upon his return from Vietnam. In March 1998, 30 years after the events at My Lai, the U.S. Army presented Thompson and two members of his crew with the Soldier's Medal, for heroism not involving conflict with an enemy.

http://www.history.com/topics/my-lai-massacre

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About 7,500 women served in the Vietnam war.
There were over 58,100 deaths total in the Vietnam war.
Five men that were killed were only 16 years old!
The oldest man killed was 62 years old!
91% of Vietnam vets. were glad that they served
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