Civilians Who Served

  • Most people who went to the war from the United States were trained army personnel.
  • America had called for several civilians to take part in the war on their own.
  • Many kids joined the army, which is why the average age group of men who were killed was 21 to 23 years old.
  • Civilians from South Vietnamese went to the war as translators and to guide the American Soldiers.
  • Vietnam wasn't all just soldiers, the Americans had a large group of people who served as missionaries, news reporters, teachers, and doctors.
  • Mostly all women who went to the war went over voluntarily.
  • 90% of the women who went over served as nurses, and the others worked as physicians, air traffic control, intelligence officers, and worked in other positions in the U.S Women Army Corps.


American Radioman taking a break
South Vietnamese Translator

  • Close to a million of all the soldiers that went to Vietnam, later on in their life became famous in the fields such as: politics, entertainment, sports, and journalists.
  • John McCain a Vietnam Vet spent 5 and a half years as a Prisoner of War before becoming a senator and running for the republican presidential candidate.
  • Oliver Stone a former Vietnam Vet, directed 2 movies called, "Platoon" 1986 and "Fourth of July" 1989 and won the Academy Award for Best Director for both movies and before doing all this, Stone served 15 months in Vietnam serving in the infantry division.

Famous U.S Citizens
John McCain and Oliver Stone in Vietnam War



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