Below is a listing of America's MAJOR wars and
conflicts and the known casualty figures for each.
Casualties are for United States and Confederate military
dead and wounded only. Civilian casualties will be added
**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 deaths.
***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
****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.
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.