**In-Theater means the deaths
occurred in or near the area of combat operations.
Example: If a helicopter carrying 45 soldiers in
Vietnam crashes into a mountain due to bad weather,
they are non-combat, in-theater deaths. If a
helicopter crashes in Vietnam due to enemy action,
they are combat deaths. If a helicopter in the United
States crashes into a mountain during the Vietnam War,
they are non-combat, non-theater
***Some controversy exists over
the total number of deaths from the Korean War. For
many years after the war, the official death toll
stood around 54,000. Recently, the U.S. government
changed the totals to the numbers above. Apparently,
the non-theater deaths had been incorrectly added to
the total, thereby inflating the number of "combat"
deaths. Nearly 8,000 American military personnel are
listed as "Missing in Action" (MIA) in Korea. They are
not included in the death totals, though by now, they
should all be considered dead.
****The numbers of Vietnam dead
changes periodically as more remains are found in
Southeast Asia and are identified. Approximately 2,500
service personnel were listed as "Missing in Action"
(MIA) after the war.
Enduring Freedom involves combat operations in
Afghanistan and Pakistan (as of May 25, 2004) as well
as anti-terrorist "training" missions in the
Philippines, Yemen, and the former Soviet Republic of
Georgia. The figures above reflect information
supplied by the Department of Defense. The non-combat
deaths include fatalities in airplane and helicopter
crashes, industrial accidents, accidental shootings
and at least three fatalities caused by friendly fire.
Ten of the casualties in the Philippines were from a
helicopter crash, while one soldier was killed in
action when a bomb exploded near a Filipino military
base in Zamboanga, Philippines.