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.
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