Vietnam War Casualties

Number of military casualties in the 1st Indochina war

Viet Minh

500,000 killed (est.)

French Union Forces

89,797 killed and missing in action1

Number of military casualties in the 2nd Indochina war

North Vietnam
Democratic Republic of Vietnam & Viet Cong

1.1 million killed2

South Vietnam
Republic of Vietnam

220,357 killed in action3

United States of America

58,286 killed and missing in action4

Republic of Korea

4,407 killed in action5


487 killed6


351 killed5

New Zealand
New Zealand

37 killed7

Laotian Meo / Hmong

30,000 killed8

  1. U.S.I.S., American Embassy, Paris, France: Facts and Figures, (March 1995), pp-39-40. Includes 72,200 from the French Expeditionary Corps and 17,597 from the Armies of the Associated States of Indochina.
  2. Agence France Presse, Hanoi government press release, (April 3rd, 1995)
  3. Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Southeast Asia Statistial Summary, (18th Febuary 1976)
  4. Names inscribed on the wall of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Includes U.S. casualties in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. The Wall was originally dedicated in 1982 with 57,939 names.
  5. Tucker, The Encyclopedia Of The Vietnam War, (2001), pp64.
  6. Australian War Memorial
  7. New Zealand - Roll of Honour
  8. Estimated number of Hmong tribesmen killed in Laos fighting the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese.
    Warner, Shooting At The Moon, (1996), pp366.