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War Casualties

Background

Many men and women have died defending this nation on the field of battle or "on duty" under the colors of our Flag. We have listed below casualties of war through the years to illustrate the significance of the sacrifice of many for our country. These statistics are humbling in the face of the significance of their sacrifice. 

*United States War Casualties1,2

WAR

NUMBER SERVING

WOUNDED

BATTLE DEATHS

       
Revolutionary War 217,0003 6,188 4,435
War of 1812 286,730 4,505 2,260
Mexican War 78,718 4,152 1,733
Civil War (Both Sides) 3,213,363 354,805 191,963
Spanish American War 306,760 1,662 385
World War I 4,734,991 204,002 53,402
World War II 16,112,566 671,846 291,557
Korean Conflict 5,720,000 103,284 33,741
Vietnam Conflict 8,744,000 153,303 47,424
Persian Gulf War 2,225,000 467 147
*The above numbers have qualifying conditions associated with them. See references 1 and 2 below for details if needed. 

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Additional Web Sites 

http://www.remember.gov :Ensuring the Nation remembers our Fallen.

Credits

1 Department of Defense,  http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/WCPRINCIPAL.pdf
2 LibrarySpot. StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. Evanston, IL  http://www.libraryspot.com/listwars.htm 
3 Average of estimates provided in "1" above

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