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Throwback Thursday:

Karl Schappeler adds alumni casualties of the Vietnam War to Princeton University’s Nassau Hall Memorial Atrium, August 1974. Photo by Marie E. Bellis.

Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box AD10, Image No. 9452.

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MSG Jerry Shriver served three years in Vietnam. He went MIA on 24 April 1969. There was later a presumptive declaration of death. His body has never been recovered.

From the source:May 17, 1967: A U.S. Marine corpsman leads a…

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May 17, 1967: A U.S. Marine corpsman leads a wounded comrade, foreground, as others carry bodies toward a helicopter in Con Thien, Vietnam. [AP]

“Don had survived the Tet offensive, but he did not survive the war. He died in combat on January 1,…”

“Don had survived the Tet offensive, but he did not survive the war. He died in combat on January 1, 1971, according to the records in Washington; and his name is inscribed on the twentieth slab of a long, low wall of polished black granite–Donald Dean Winn–one of the many gay men named on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”

Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Randy Shilts, page 59.

See this post for an article of LGBT+ veterans visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1993.   

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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

Easter OffensiveDates: 30 March 1972 – October 1972Area of…

Easter Offensive map, 1972

“Only a few Americans remained in South Vietnam when the NVA invaded in 1972. Here, Captain John Ripley advises his Vietnamese Marine counterpart during operations near Dong Ha.”

“North Vietnamese Type 59 tank captured by South Vietnamese 20th Tank Regiment south of Dong Ha.”

“PAVN 130 mm artillery battery goes into action on the Kon Tum front.”

Easter Offensive

Dates: 30 March 1972 – October 1972

Area of Operation: I Corps provinces; Binh Long Province; Central Highlands

Allied Units: South Vietnamese military (ARVN, VNN, VNMC, VNAF), USAF, USN

Allied Casualties: ARVN 10000 KIA, 33000 WIA, 3500 MIA

Enemy Units: 14 NVA divisions

Enemy Casualties: Estimated up to 100,000 killed

Objective: To deal a decisive blow against South Vietnam with a three pronged attack. To force the US to peace negotiations that would result in favorable terms for North Vietnam.


  • North Vietnamese troops used conventional warfare tactics on a level not previously seen in their fight to conquer South Vietnam. This included the use of T-54 tanks and other advanced weaponry from the Soviet Union and China. Large quantities of these tanks and the large-caliber artillery would be destroyed or captured.
  • Leaders in North Vietnam believed that the anti-war sentiment in the US would prevent Pres. Nixon from sending more American troops back into Vietnam. Ultimately they hoped it would force Nixon to negotiate peace with terms favorable to the DRV.
  • Nixon did retaliate militarily through the commencement of Operation Linebacker I, bombing North Vietnam, and also ordered the mining of Haiphong Harbor.
  • Due to the withdrawal of American forces, most units the NVA faced were ARVN units. Though ARVN units in the northern provinces were overrun, they held elsewhere with the aid of American airpower and military advisers.
  • Held more territory in South Vietnam than at any previous point. Though the blow had not been as devastating as intended and ARVN units held in many areas, the North Vietnamese leadership still considered the offensive to be successful and believed they now had a stronger position at the bargaining table.


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US Navy Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62) Vought F-8…

US Navy Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62) Vought F-8 Crusader on the deck of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1966.

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[The following from Cdr. Norm Green gives more information on the above photo.] “Close inspection of the photo reveals that the aircraft has flown 25 combat missions when the picture was taken; it was pretty busy since we had only flown missions on about 23 days at that point. Using Russian math and some guesswork I would guess that the picture was taken on perhaps the 4th or the 5th of Sept, I flew that aircraft both Days. At first I thought that it might have been the 6th of Sept, the day Norm Bundy crashed in that aircraft; but I doubt that because of the light ripples in the water. There was no wind on the 6th of Sept, the Gulf of Tonkin was as smooth as glass. I remember that the cat officers could only give us 5-6 knots above stall speed that day. The Rosy had all boilers on line and was pulling her guts out. Amazing, sometimes I struggle to remember my street number but remember things from 48 years ago.”

More information about LTJG Norman Bundy available at The Virtual Wall.

Operation CrimpDates: 8 Jan 1966 – 14 Jan 1966 Area of…

Operation Crimp


8 Jan 1966 – 14 Jan 1966

Area of Operation: Binh Duong Province, Hau Nghia Province, III Corps. Particularly the HoBo Woods, west of the Iron Triangle.

Allied Units: US Army 1/16th, 1/28th, and 2/28th Infantry of 3d Brigade 1st Infantry Division, 1/503rd and 2/503rd Airborne of 173rd Airborne Brigade; 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR)

Allied Casualties: Unclear. An after action report from the 173rd Abn Bde cites “friendly losses” at 6 KIA and 45 WIA. These numbers likely do not take into consideration the casualties of 3d Bde 1st Inf Div, or 1RAR.

Enemy Units: Viet Cong 7th Cu Chi Battalion, D308 VC Company

Enemy Casualties: 107 KIA, 9 POW

Objective: Search and destroy, with particular focus on locating and destroying the headquarters of Viet Cong Military Region IV.

Significance/Notes: The Cu Chi Tunnels were discovered during Operation Crimp. This added a new dimension to the style of war being fought by the Communists, and necessitated a proper response from the US and its allies. Crimp was immediately followed by Operation Buckskin to clear the tunnels. (Note: Some sources combined the information from both operations.)
           The Cu Chi Tunnels can be visited today.


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OPERATION SWIFTDates: 4 Sep 1967 – 15 Sep 1967 Area of…

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4 Sep 1967 – 15 Sep 1967

Area of Operation: Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces, I Corps

Allied Units: USMC 1st and 3d Battalions 5th Marines, 2d Battalion 11th Marines; ARVN 21st Ranger Battalion, 37th Ranger Battalion, 39th Ranger Battalion, 3d Battalion 4th Regiment, 3d Battalion 6th Regiment

Allied Casualties: US 127 KIA, 362 WIA

Enemy Units: NVA 2d Division

Enemy Casualties: 517 KIA, 8 POW

Objective: Prevent disruption of national elections; search and destroy

Significance/Notes: The battles of the Que Son Valley during Operation Swift resulted in the awarding of three Medals of Honor. Lt Vincent Capodanno, a chaplain, Sgt Lawrence Peters, and Sgt Rodney Davis were all killed during the fighting.


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Operation Rolling StoneDates: 7 Feb 1966 – 2 Mar 1966Area of…

Operation Rolling Stone

Dates: 7 Feb 1966 – 2 Mar 1966

Area of Operation: Binh Duong Province, III Corps

Allied Units: USA 1st Brigade & 1st Engineer Battalion 1st Infantry Division; 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR)

Allied Casualties: US 11 KIA, 72 WIA; Australia 2 WIA

Enemy Units: VC J10 Battalion 761st Regiment, 707 Battalion 763rd Regiment, D800 Battalion

Enemy Casualties: 149-173 KIA, 200 WIA, 15 POW

Objective: To provide security for the 1st Engineer Battalion as it worked on highways within the province; search and destroy.

Significance/Notes: Major engagement of the operation was the Battle of Suoi Bong Trang.


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