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You might want to read the numbers of the links you provide.

BranchKilledWounded
Army and Air Force318,274565,861
Navy62,61437,778
Marines24,51168,207
Coast Guard1,917Unknown
TOTAL407,316
671,278

12,209,238 is the total number who served, not died.
 

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When being a vet is popular it seems everyone is a vet. Had a guy who would frequent my gun shop. Claimed to be a Vietnam vet and of course special forces. One day I got a look at his drivers license and there was no way this guy could have ever served in Nam. He was about 12 years old when we were done with Nam. My neighbors daughter was just on the evening news, her National Guard unit is deploying to Kuwait, all in all about 500 of them. I always liked that kid having watched her grow up. :)

Following Vietnam in '72 I was sent to Cleveland, Ohio as a then young 22 year old Marine Corps recruiter. I really have no use for those who claim veteran status and they never served a day in their lives. Not like it really matters but don't make false claims.

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Being a veteran today, thanks to our current president, is a mark of distinction, but, when I ended my tour in Vietnam, people looked at me with disdain, back them (1965-1967) being in military uniform was not very healthy.
 

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Being a veteran today, thanks to our current president, is a mark of distinction, but, when I ended my tour in Vietnam, people looked at me with disdain, back them (1965-1967) being in military uniform was not very healthy.
I pray that none of our future warriors will ever have to feel what you felt back in '67.
 

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Being a veteran today, thanks to our current president, is a mark of distinction, but, when I ended my tour in Vietnam, people looked at me with disdain, back them (1965-1967) being in military uniform was not very healthy.
Change your clothes at the airport. Back then people looked at anything Vietnam with disdain.

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Change your clothes at the airport. Back then people looked at anything Vietnam with disdain.

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I was not able to for 2 reasons, I was rather naive at the time and did not comprehend the hostility towards me and my uniform, and I did not have any civilian clothes with me, and I did not think it was appropriate for me to walk in the airport naked. (The last part is mean to be a joke)
 

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I was not able to for 2 reasons, I was rather naive at the time and did not comprehend the hostility towards me and my uniform, and I did not have any civilian clothes with me, and I did not think it was appropriate for me to walk in the airport naked. (The last part is mean to be a joke)
Thinking back a long time I believe for the most part we were all both young and naive. I know I was. :)

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Thinking back a long time I believe for the most part we were all both young and naive. I know I was. :)

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True that. Although the naive part tended to wear off rather quickly.
 
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