Vietnam War - 95% fired their weapons with the intent to kill.
If that is the statistic it is probably also true that of those answering that they had done so, a fair percentage were lying. Just as it is true that there are more Vietnam veterans out there than actually served, so it is true that people's war stories get better with each telling.
On the other hand, there was no rear area in Vietnam Even big bases like Cam Rahn Bay and Bien Hoa came under rocket, mortar and sapper attacks. Thus a cook or a clerk-typist might have seen some combat. Our avionics man drew guard duty along the airfield perimeter the night the Tet offensive started. He had quite a body count the next morning. Whereas, in WW II
the forward edge of the battle area was generally better defined.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.