A middle-of-the-road estimate of people killed in the 20 years of the Vietnam war is about 2.5 million. A vast majority of these deaths were of Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laos people. About 10% of that number were non-combatants. I was somewhat surprised to hear that only 58,000 American soldiers died in combat and noncombat situations. I don't mean to belittle their deaths, but compared to the casualties in the other ranks, it is very small. Why do you think this was?