Memorial Day.

Posted: 29 May 2004 in Politics

This day is not about vacations, or picnics, or just having the day off.

This day is about remembering the veterans that died in the defense of this great nation.

To give you an idea as to how many have given their lives for freedom, please read on.

All gave some. Some gave all.

American Revolution (1775–1783)

Total servicemembers 217,000

Battle deaths 4,435

Nonmortal woundings 6,188

War of 1812 (1812–1815)

Total servicemembers 286,730

Battle deaths 2,260

Nonmortal woundings 4,505

Indian Wars (approx. 1817–1898)

Total servicemembers 106,000(1)

Battle deaths 1,000(1)

Mexican War (1846–1848)

Total servicemembers 78,718

Battle deaths 1,733

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 11,550

Nonmortal woundings 4,152

Civil War (1861–1865)

Total servicemembers (Union) 2,213,363

Battle deaths (Union) 140,414

Other deaths in service (nontheater) (Union) 224,097

Nonmortal woundings (Union) 281,881

Total servicemembers (Conf.) 1,050,000

Battle deaths (Conf.) 74,524

Other deaths in service (nontheater) (Conf.) 59,297(2)

Nonmortal woundings (Conf.) unknown

Spanish-American War (1898–1902)

Total servicemembers 306,760

Battle deaths 385

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 2,061

Nonmortal woundings 1,662

World War I (1917–1918)

Total servicemembers 4,734,991

Battle deaths 53,402

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 63,114

Nonmortal woundings 204,002

Living veterans fewer than 500

World War II (1940–1945)

Total servicemembers 16,112,566

Battle deaths 291,557

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 113,842

Nonmortal woundings 671,846

Living veterans 4,762,000(1)

Korean War (1950–1953)

Total servicemembers 5,720,000

Serving in-theater 1,789,000

Battle deaths 33,741

Other deaths in service (theater) 2,827

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 17,730

Nonmortal woundings 103,284

Living veterans 3,734,000(1)

Vietnam War (1964–1975)

Total servicemembers 8,744,000

Serving in-theater 3,403,000

Battle deaths 47,410

Other deaths in service (theater) 10,789

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 32,000

Nonmortal woundings 153,303

Living veterans 8,295,000(3)

Gulf War (1990–1991)

Total servicemembers 2,183,000

Serving in-theater 665,476

Battle deaths 147

Other deaths in service (theater) 382

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 1,565

Nonmortal woundings 467

Living veterans 1,852,000(1)

1. Veterans Administration estimate as of Sept. 30, 2002.

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

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

Source: Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.

America’s Wars

Total Military service during war 42,348,460

Battle deaths 651,008

Other deaths in service (theater) 13,998

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 525,256

Nonmortal woundings 1,431,290

Living war veterans 17,578,5003

Living veterans 25,038,459

Post-Vietnam Combat Casualties(1)

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

Yugoslavia March–June 1999 0

Afghanistan Oct. 2001–Jan. 2004(2) 32

Iraq March 20, 2003–May 18, 2004(2) 574

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

2. A total of 787 Americans have been killed, including 213 accidental deaths and other deaths not the result of hostile attacks. 4,524 were wounded in combat (May 18); a total of roughly 9,000 were wounded, seriously injured, or evacuated for illness (mid-April).

Don’t forget what this day is really for.

Thank a veteran and remember the fallen.

God Bless our troops.

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