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Veteran Statistics

"If we desire peace, it must be known that we are at all times, ready for war."

President George Washington



Since the birth of the United States of American on July 4, 1776, no single generation of Americans has been spared the responsibility of defending freedom by force of arms.  More than 42 Million American men and women have served in time of war...more than a MILLION have purchased freedom with their lives.  Below are statistics from the US Department of Veterans Affairs detailing the war service and sacrifice of America's sons and daughters.

War Dates Served Battle Deaths Other Deaths Wounded
American Revolution 1775 - 1783 217,000 4,435 Unknown 6,188
War of 1812 1812 - 1815 286,730 2,260 Unknown 4,505
Indian Wars 1817 - 1898 106,000 1,000 Unknown


Mexican War 1846 - 1848 78,718 1,733 11,550 4,152
Civil War (North) 1861 - 1865 2,213,363 140,414 224,097 281,881
Civil War (South) 1,050,000 74,524 59,297


Spanish-American War 1898 - 1902 306,760 385 2,061 1,662
World War I 1917 - 1918 4,734,991 53,402 63,114 204,002
World War II 1940 - 1945 16,112,566 291,557 113,842 671,846
Korean War 1950 - 1953 5,720,000 33,686 20,560 103,284
Vietnam War 1964 - 1975 9,200,000 47,410 42,788 153,303
Gulf War 1990 - 1991 2,322,332 148 1,194 467

Totals 42,348,460 650,954 538,503 1,431,290

These statistics reflect the numbers of men and women who served anywhere in the world during time of war or conflict.  It is important that as a Nation that has known relative peace in recent years, we do not forget the millions who also serve to preserve peace.  Incidents like the Beirut bombing or the tragedy that befell the USS Cole should serve to remind us that all who serve, even in time of peace, do so at the risk of life.

To those who have served, or who do now serve in time of peace, I would be quick to point out that it is not the National Defense Service Medal that makes a man or woman a is the uniform....regardless if that uniform is authorized or not authorized the NDSM.  Thank you all for your service.

Doug Sterner, Webmaster


Prisoners of War / Missing In Action

  World War I World War II Korean War Cold War Southeast Asia
Total POW/MIA 7,323 194,879 12,654 124 2596
POWs Returned 3,973 116,129 4,439 0 691
Still Missing and Unaccounted For 3,350 78,750 8,215 124 1,905

Statistics from the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office

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