(1964-1975 U.S. Involvement)
Tet Offensive 1/68-2/68) 2,500
Vietcong Offensive (2/69) 1,140
Operation Rolling Thunder (2/65-11/68) 818
Battle of Khe Sahn (1/68-4/68) 730
Battle of Dak To (11/67) 285
Operation Junction City (2/67-5/67) 282
Battle of Ia Drang Valley (11/65) 155
Operation Attleboro (9/66-11/66) 150
Battle of Que Son Valley (9/67) 114
Operation Kingfisher (7/67-10/67) 80
Battle of Firebase Ripcord (7/70) 74
Operation Cedar Falls (1/67) 72
Hamburger Hill (5/69) 56
Operation Starlite (8/65) 45
In Theater Deaths 58,200
Deaths in Service 32,000
Wounded in Service 153,303
Missing in Action 1,870
Illinois Deaths 2,930
Illinois Missing in Action 75
Kane County Deaths 53
One (1) Missing in Action
1964 - U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing the President to use armed force
1965 - President Johnson sent a Marine brigade to Danang, the first U.S. ground troops in the war.
1968 - The Paris Peace Talks opened.
1969 - U.S. Forces reached a peak of more than 543,000 troops.
1969 - The U.S. Selective Service began a Draft lottery.
1970 - U.S. Congress voted to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
1973 - The Paris Peace Accord (cease fire) was signed by the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Vietcong.
1973 - The last American ground troops left Vietnam.
1975 - Saigon fell and was renamed Ho Chi Minh City
Volunteers accounted for over 70% of combat deaths. Their average age was 19.
Vietnam cost the U.S. nearly 150 billion over two decades.
Vietnam estimated their casualties a 3 million soldiers and civilians (1/3 from the North and 2/3 from the South).
The war ended in a stalemate.
Fully armed U.S. soldier wading through a rice paddy.
Chinook helicopter airlifting a 105 howitzer artillery piece and supplies.
Medevac UH-1V Huey helicopter at a temporary evac hospital with nurses attending the wounded.
"The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten."
President Calvin Coolidge
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #30 Calvin Coolidge, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1948.
Location. 41° 52.774′ N, 88° 18.561′ W. Marker is in Geneva, Illinois, in Kane County. Memorial is on the grounds of the Kane County Government Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 719 South Batavia Avenue, Geneva IL 60134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kane County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Spanish-American / Philippines War (here, next to this marker); World War I (here, next to this marker); World War II (here, next to this marker); Korean War (here, next to this marker); Kane County Government Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Masonic Building (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Geneva.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on April 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.