Sunday, February 6, 2011

Vietnam Statistics

Vietnam Statistics

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 a larger sense, should give you a HUGE 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 ?
I don't know about you guys, but kinda gives me the chills, considering this is the kind of information I'm 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. So, in 2190 days from today, if you're a live Vietnam veteran, you are lucky... in only 4 years.

These statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the HQ CP Forward Observer - 1st Recon April 12, 1997.


* 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).


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

Total Deaths: 23.11 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: 18,465 - 22.55 years

Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.

The oldest man killed was 62 years old.

Sent to the 1011th Blog by Roger Wallingford

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nathan Eubanks Obituary

Nathan 'Panda Bear' Eubanks, 63, of Van Buren, Arkansas died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was a retired fork-lift driver for Trane, and a U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam War, a member of the VFW Jim Taylor Post 8845 and the DAV. He was preceded in death by both his parents, Henry & Katherine Largent Eubanks, one brother Gary Eubanks.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Ocker Memorial Chapel, Van Buren, with burial at US National Cemetery, Ft. Smith, Arkansas, under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren, Arkansas, with full military honors. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Eubanks of the home; one daughter, Becky Taylor of Vian, Oklahoma; one brother, Lanny Eubanks of Coffeyville, KS, and five grandchildren. The family will visit with friends on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, from 2 to 4 pm at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson Street, Van Buren, Arkansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to: DAV, 6307 Alma Hwy., Alma, Arkansas 72921.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The reunion date is set.

The planning committee from Independence met recently and decided on October 1st as the date for the 2011, 1011th reunion.

The committee also decided to make this year's reunion a one day affair and have the usual Friday night get-together on Saturday afternoon prior to the evening event.

This years reunion will be held at Jim and Vicky Gordon's ranch South of Independence. More details such as hotels, etc., will be coming in the mail according to the planning committee.

Sounds like the committee has put together a great time, so be sure to put the above date on your calendar.

If any of you are aware of 1011th members that are not getting either emails or postal mail from the 1011th, please have them contact the planning committee chaired by Roger Wallingford (Email: (Email: to update the unit's email list for new addresses or changed emails.