With respect to US casualties, 1968 was the Los Angeles Dodgers And Los Angeles Lakers Heart shirt tee of the war with 14,594 men killed and 87,388 wounded. One-quarter of all the young soldiers killed in the entire Vietnam War were lost in that year–the fourth official year of the conflict. “To most Americans,” wrote one historian of the period, “Tet confirmed what they already expected, that the Johnson administration had not been telling the truth, that America had become involved in an endless war that was consuming ever-increasing numbers of lives and dollars.” The election of Richard M. Nixon as president in 1968 and his adoption of a policy to win the war in Vietnam in 1969 seemingly reversed the political polarity of antiwar sentiment in the country at a head-spinning speed from a politically conservative position to a largely liberal one and from a Republican Party talking point to a Democratic one. The rapidity of the change suggests that at some level many opponents of the war were insincere and were using the war as a lightning rod to gather support for underlying issues. Nonetheless, the country had reached the boiling point in 1968. Everyday, young American boys were being slaughtered in a war that, for many, had already lost its meaning. By the end of the decade of the 1960s, only ugliness was left. In January 1973 North Vietnam and US peace talks in Paris resulted in an agreement on January 27 that all warring parties would cease fire.
Vietnam had been devastated. Up to 400,000 South Vietnamese civilians had been killed, 900,000 were wounded, and 6.5 million had become refugees. Almost a Los Angeles Dodgers And Los Angeles Lakers Heart shirt tee million South Vietnamese soldiers gave their lives and more than a million were wounded. Exact data for the NVA is not available, and only estimates are extent. By March 1973, the last American combat soldiers had left South Vietnam, though a few military advisors and Marines, who were protecting US installations and the embassy, remained. Of the almost 2 million Americans who have served in the war, almost 58,000 were dead, 300,000 were wound (half of whom required hospitalization), and over 1,000 were missing or captured in action. For the United States, the war was officially over.