Well, when I was younger and the Viet-nam war was going on, I knew several freinds who “didn’t come back” and eveyone knew at least one family who had a KIA.
Although I have several freinds & club members who have “gone over” (and note, some are National Guard & Reservists who are very unhappy about being kept on duty for extended periods*), none has even been wounded, although one did come down very sick with pneumonia, and was invalided home.
Thus, if there WAS “Viet Nam level deaths” then I’d expect to know someone who was killed- or at least know a family with a KIA. My club has something like 2500 members in the NoCal area, and about 800 Yahoogroup subscribers, and no one has reported any KIA in anyones family, nor have I heard about any in other branches. Although I admit that we generally only get “family” news from Oregon & SoCal, we do hear about just about every death, event those from natural causes (we have about 10000 members nationwide), and so far no KIA’s.
I have many cousins in the Service, and some “over there”. No casualties at all from that source either.
Note that with modern communications, freinds, family & loved ones are almost in daily communication through emails & calls. So unless the DoD is not only hiding KIA’s but also faking emails & calls, it seems VERY unlikely.
Oh, look, here is Master Occam, and his razor! What’s that you say Master Occam?
- on that, there is a list of “angels”, companies that are paying their employee Reservists & Guardsmen the difference in pay while they are “over there”. Even if you are against the “war” - these companies are real Heroes too. Let’s all patronize them!