The average age of enlisted servicemen, many drafted, in Vietnam was 26 years
old, mostly being born in the middle to late 1940s.
These young men were products of
the post-World War II baby boom due to the sudden removal of economic and social
pressures that kept people from starting families that were present during the 20 years
preceding the baby boom.
World War II was a very different war in the eyes of the United States.
Beginning in 1939 and not ending until 1945, this war was started by Nazi Germany’s
invasion of Poland led by Adolph Hitler.
The war was fought between the Allied and the
Allied members were Australia, Brazil, Canada, Newfoundland, New
Zealand, South Africa, the Soviet Union from June 1941, the United Kingdom, and the
United States from December 1941.
The United States did not enter the war until
, 1941, the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
surrender of the last Axis nation, Japan, on September 2
, 1945, the war had produced
over 50 million deaths, higher than any other war to date (World War II.)
There were many differences between the Vietnam War and World War II,
perhaps one of the greatest differences is what the people of the United States thought
about each war.
In World War II the citizens of the United States generally viewed us as
the good guys.
The unwarranted attack on Pearl Harbor also justified Franklin Delano
Roosevelt’s call for war in his “Day of Infamy” speech on the same day that the United
States declared war on Japan.
The same was not thought, however, about the efforts in
Until Iraq, Vietnam had been the longest war the United States has ever been