|Thank a Vietnam Veteran|
... is still alive
by Frank Fox
I am 67 years old and served 1964 to 1970. We all know how Vietnam Era veterans were treated for years.
The following reflects the work of R.J. Rommel. Rudolph Joseph Rummel (October 21, 1932 – March 2, 2014) was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii. He spent his career assembling data on collective violence and war with a view toward helping their resolution, or elimination.
Deaths Since United States Withdrawal in 1975
* Up to 155,000 refugees fleeing the final NVA Spring Offensive were killed, or abducted, on the road to Tuy Hoa in 1975.
* Sources have estimated that 165,000 South Vietnamese died in the re-education camps out of 1-2.5 million sent, while somewhere between 50,000 and 250,000 were executed.
Rummel estimates that slave labor in the "New Economic Zones" caused 50,000 deaths (out of a total 1 million deported).
* According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, between 200,000 and 400,000 Vietnamese boat people died at sea, although Rummel cites estimates ranging from 100,000 to 1,000,000.
* Including Vietnam's foreign democide, Rummel estimates that a minimum of 400,000 and a maximum of slightly less than 2.5 million people died of political violence from 1975-87 at the hands of Hanoi.
* In 1988, Vietnam suffered a famine that afflicted millions.
* Explosive remnants of war (ERW), especially bombs dropped by the United States, continue to detonate and kill people today. The Vietnamese government claims that unexploded ordnance has killed some 42,000 people since the war officially ended.
* In 2012 alone, unexploded bombs and other ordnance claimed 500 casualties in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, according to activists and government databases.
Agent Orange and similar chemical substances, have also caused a considerable number of deaths and injuries over the years, including the US Air Force crew that handled them.
In my humble opinion, fewer Vietnamese people would have died if we had not intervened in a war we couldn’t win. Most assuredly we would not have lost our precious youth, and contributed to the numbers of disabled from all wars. It was a very costly scrimmage between major powers.
We can’t continue to waste lives and money for nothing. We need to be prepared and respected again ...
US Navy with USMC
August 1964 – August 1970 (6 years 1 month)
More Articles by Frank Fox:
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The White House Christmas Card
War: Some Are Better Prepared
The Marine and the Cure
More Thoughts on War and Youth
Opinions, Thoughts and Feelings
A Different PerspectiveA Worthy Rebuttal to Mr. Garrison
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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