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U.S. and South Vietnamese Military Casualties During the Vietnam War

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As a Vietnamese-American, I was interested in how many casualties were suffered by the South Vietnamese military over the course of the Vietnam War. This plot shows a comparison of fatal casualties between the United States military and the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF). The U.S. government kept meticulous records so U.S. casualty data was easy to acquire. Records of South Vietnamese casualties were not as well accounted for, but I did manage to find some yearly casualty data which you can check out in the sources section below. US casualties include killed in action, accidents, and illness among other things. The South Vietnamese estimates are killed in action only.

Casualties peaked during years of the Tết and Easter Offensive which are indicated by vertical dash lines. I have also indicated when my dad joined the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) as a personal addition to the graph.

Tools: Python 3.5.5 and Matplotlib

Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces casualties statistics:

Clarke, Jeffrey J. (1988), United States Army in Vietnam: Advice and Support: The Final Years, 1965–1973, Washington, D.C: Center of Military History, United States Army, p. 275

Vietnam War U.S. Military Fatal Casualty Statistics