- Editor’s note: Most any American age 10 and above in the mid-1960s will remember that first war televised into our homes every night.
- The evening news shows had reporters embedded with military soldiers who submitted updates from Vietnam.
- Body bags returning back to Hawai’i for processing before being flown to the deceaseds’ families left an indelible mark on Americans.
- Over the 14 years between 1961-1975, we were able to process the massive number of combat deaths.
- To have reached the same amount of deaths within the last 90 days is horrific and a stark reminder of what those numbers meant from the Vietnam War!
+ In the period from 1961-1975, the official combat death toll from the Vietnam War was 47,424, the 4th largest war’s casualties. Only the Civil War, WWII, and WWI had larger combat death totals than Vietnam. Total Vietnam War deaths from all causes was 58,209, and that number of cornaviurs deaths could be achieved in early May. Read more of war deaths numbers.
+ Today, April 23, 2020, in just under 90 days, the United States will officially record more than 47,424 coronavirus deaths, which took 14 years to achieve in Vietnam. Read more of the current official coronavirus death toll.
+ Former Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the milestone of COVID-19 deaths now surpassing the Vietnam War’s combat deaths on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. He explains his belief the coronavirus may be America’s ‘moment of truth,’ and also discusses parallels between the global climate crisis and the coronavirus. Click here
+ COVID-19 could end up killing more Americans this year than some wars waged by the United States, including the Vietnam and Korean conflicts, and World War I, White House estimates indicate. Click here for the report from CNBC. Read more