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Americans without dog tags: U.S. civilians in the Vietnam War, 1950--1975

Ronald Jay Rexilius, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The vast majority of Vietnam War histories naturally tend to focus on the conflict's more martial-related elements. Military ledgers, press accounts, war memorials, and numerous other sources systematically document the large number of Americans in uniform who went over to the theater, the many exploits they engaged in, and what ultimately happened to each one of them. This study, however, investigates one commonly overlooked category of involved individuals—U.S. noncombatants. Rarely recognized for the part they played in the war effort, existing records often fall to note comprehensive population totals for them, neglect to investigate what they all did, and hardly ever tabulate American civilian casualty tallies. This probe addresses these omissions by identifying Vietnam era contractors, government agencies, volunteer entities, and other miscellaneous groups, reviewing their activities and accomplishments, and collecting casualty and prisoner-of-war information on them. From flying through Dien Bien Phu's flak-filled skies in 1954 to assisting in the final hectic evacuation of South Vietnam in 1975, U.S. civilians were active participants throughout America's Vietnam War story. ^

Subject Area

History, United States

Recommended Citation

Rexilius, Ronald Jay, "Americans without dog tags: U.S. civilians in the Vietnam War, 1950--1975" (2000). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9977015.