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Friday, November 11, 2016

American War Casualties 1775 to Present

Numbers provided by the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.

American Revolution (1775-1783)

  • Total U.S. Servicemembers1 217,000
  • Battle Deaths  4,435
  • Non-mortal Woundings  6,188
War of 1812 (1812-1815)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers  286,730
  • Battle Deaths  2,260
  • Non-mortal Woundings  4,505
Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (VA estimate)  106,000
  • Battle Deaths (VA estimate) 1,000
Mexican War (1846-1848)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers  78,718
  • Battle Deaths  1,733
  • Other Deaths (In Theater)  11,550
  • Non-mortal Woundings  4,152
Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (Union)  2,213,363
  • Battle Deaths (Union)  140,414
  • Other Deaths (In Theater) (Union)  224,097
  • Non-mortal Woundings (Union)  281,881
  • Total Servicemembers (Conf.)2  1,050,000
  • Battle Deaths (Confederate)3  74,524
  • Other Deaths (In Theater) (Confederate)3,4  59,297
  • Non-mortal Woundings (Confederate)  Unknown
Spanish-American War (1898-1902)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide)  306,760
  • Battle Deaths  385
  • Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)  2,061
  • Non-mortal Woundings  1,662
World War I (1917-1918)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide)  4,734,991
  • Battle Deaths  53,402
  • Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)  63,114
  • Non-mortal Woundings  204,002
World War II (1941 –1945)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide)  16,112,566
  • Battle Deaths  291,557
  • Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)  113,842
  • Non-mortal Woundings  670,846
  • Living Veterans 5  1,711,000
Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide)  5,720,000
  • Total Serving (In Theater)  1,789,000
  • Battle Deaths  33,739
  • Other Deaths (In Theater)  2,835
  • Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)  17,672
  • Non-mortal Woundings  103,284
  • Living Veterans  2,275,000
Vietnam War (1964-1975)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide)6  8,744,000
  • Deployed to Southeast Asia7  3,403,000
  • Battle Deaths8  47,434
  • Other Deaths (In Theater)8  10,786
  • Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)8  32,000
  • Non-mortal Woundings9  153,303
  • Living Veterans5,10  7,391,000
Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)
  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide)  2,322,000
  • Deployed to Gulf  694,550
  • Battle Deaths  148
  • Other Deaths (In Theater)  235
  • Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)  1,565
  • Non-mortal Woundings  467
  • Living Veterans5,10  2,244,583
America’s Wars Total (1775 -1991)
  • U.S. Military Service during Wartime  41,892,128
  • Battle Deaths  651,031
  • Other Deaths (In Theater)  308,800
  • Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)  230,254
  • Non-mortal Woundings  1,430,290
  • Living War Veterans*11  16,962,000
  • Living Veterans (Periods of War and Peace)  23,234,000
Global War on Terror (Oct 2001 - ?)
The Global War on Terror (GWOT), including Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF), are ongoing conflicts. For the most current GWOT statistics visit the following Department of Defense Website:  https://dcas.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/pages/main.xhtml


1. Exact number is unknown. Posted figure is the median of estimated range from 184,000 – 250,000.
2. Exact number is unknown. Posted figure is median of estimated range from 600,000 – 1,500,000
3. Death figures are based on incomplete returns.
4. Does not include 26,000 to 31,000 who died in Union prisons.
5. Estimate based upon new population projection methodology
6. Covers the period 8/5/64 -1/27/73 (date of cease fire
7. Department of Defense estimate
8. Covers period 11/1/55 – 5/15/75
9. Excludes 150,341 not requiring hospital care
10. Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) estimate, as of 4/09, does not include those still on active duty and may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
11. Total will be more than sum of conflicts due to no “end date” established for Persian Gulf War.

Source: Department of Defense (DOD), except living veterans, which are VA estimates as of September 2010.

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