In the Vietnam war there were over three million deaths(58,000 Americans). The war lasted over 20 years, it started in 1954 and ended in 1975. The United States dropped out of the war in 1973, ordered by president Nixon. In 1975 communist forces seized Saigon which ending the war. The north Vietnamese army killed thousands of south Vietnamese after the United States left. The U.S. had to unwilling raise taxes to pay for the war. After the U.S. dropped out of the war they eliminated the draft and changed it to an all volunteer military and it reduced the voting age to 18.