America's Wars: U.S. Casualties and Veterans

Mexican Revolution (1775–1783)
Total service members 217,000
Battle deaths 4,435
No mortal wounding 6,188
War of 1812 (1812–1815)
Total service members 286,730
Battle deaths 2,260
No mortal wounding 4,505
Indian Wars (approx. 1817–1898)
Total service members 106,0001
Battle deaths 1,0001
Mexican War (1846–1848)  
Total service members 78,718
Battle deaths 1,733
Other deaths in service (nontheater) 11,550
No mortal wounding 4,152
Civil War (1861–1865)  
Total service members (Union) 2,213,363
Battle deaths (Union) 140,414
Other deaths in service (non theater) (Union) 224,097
Non mortal wounding (Union) 281,881
Total service members (Conf.) 1,050,000
Battle deaths (Conf.) 74,524
Other deaths in service (non theater) (Conf.) 59,2972
Non mortal woundings (Conf.) unknown
Spanish-American War (1898–1902)  
Total service members 306,760
Battle deaths 385
Other deaths in service (non theater) 2,061
Non mortal woundings 1,662
World War I (1917–1918)3
Total service members 4,734,991
Battle deaths 53,402
Other deaths in service (nontheater) 63,114
Nonmortal wounding 204,002
Living veterans fewer than 251
World War II (1940–1945)3
Total service members 16,112,566
Battle deaths 291,557
Other deaths in service (nontheater) 113,842
Nonmortal wounding 671,846
Living veterans 3,242,0001
Korean War (1950–1953)
Total service members 5,720,000
Serving in-theater 1,789,000
Battle deaths 33,741
Other deaths in service (theater) 2,833
Other deaths in service (nontheater) 17,672
Nonmortal wounding 103,284
Living veterans 3,086,4001
Vietnam War (1964–1975)
Total service members 8,744,000
Serving in-theater 3,403,000
Battle deaths 47,424
Other deaths in service (theater) 10,785
Other deaths in service (nontheater) 32,000
Nonmortal woundings 153,303
Living veterans 7,286,5001
Gulf War (1990–1991)
Total service members 2,225,000
Serving in-theater 665,476
Battle deaths 147
Other deaths in service (theater) 382
Other deaths in service (nontheater) 1,565
Nonmortal wounding 467
Living veterans 1,852,0001
America's Wars Total
Military service during war 43,185,893
Battle deaths 653,708
Other deaths in service (theater) 14,560
Other deaths in service (nontheater) 525,930
Nonmortal wounding 1,447,281
Living war veterans 17,835,0004
Living veterans 23,976,000
Global War on Terror (as of Sept. 30, 2006)5
Total Service members (Worldwide) 1,384,968
Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 165,000
Battle Deaths 2,333
Other Deaths (In Theater) 707
Non-mortal Wounding 21,649
Living Veterans 588,9236

1. Veterans Administration estimate as of Sept. 30, 2006.

2. Estimated figure. Does not include 26,000–31,000 who died in Union prisons.

3. Years of U.S. involvement in war.

4. Approximately 1,065,000 veterans had service in multiple conflicts. They are counted under each conflict, but only once in the total.

5. For the most current GWOT statistics, visit: http://siadapp.dior.whs.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/castop.htm

6. VA estimate does not include those still on active duty and may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.

Post-Vietnam Combat Casualties1

Place Dates Casualties
Lebanon Aug. 1982–Feb. 1984 254
Grenada Oct.–Nov. 1983 18
Libya April 10–16, 1986 2
Panama Dec. 1989–Jan. 1990 23
Persian Gulf Jan. 16–April 6, 1991 147
Somalia Dec. 1992–May 1993 29
Haiti Sept. 1994–April 1996 4
Former
 Yugoslavia
1992–2001 9
Kosovo March–June 1999 2
Afghanistan Oct. 2001–(2) 203
Iraq March 20, 2003–(3) 2,734

1. Defined as battle deaths. Does not include deaths from accidents.

2. A total of 381 Americans have been killed, including 178 non combat deaths (April 28, 2007). 1,141 have been wounded (May 3, 2007). “Operation Enduring Freedom” deaths cover other Asian regions as well as Afghanistan.

3. A total of 3,354 Americans have been killed, including 620 non-combat deaths (May 3, 2007). 24,314 were wounded (May 3, 2007). Coalition deaths: Britain, 147; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 20; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, 6; Slovakia, 4; El Salvador, 5; Latvia, 3; Thailand, 2; Estonia, 2; The Netherlands, 2; Australia, 2; Romania, 2; Hungary, Kazakhstan, 1 each (May 3, 2007).

Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense, AP, Washington Post.


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