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American Military Casualties

1775 - Present

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 later.

 

War
Dates
Deaths
Wounded

American Revolutionary War

1775-1783

Combat: 4,435

Other: Unknown

6,188

Indian Wars

1783-1890

Combat: 1,000 (approx.)

Other: Unknown

Unknown

The War of 1812

1812-1815

Combat: 2,260

Other: Unknown

4,505

U.S.-Mexican War

1846-1848

Combat: 1,733

Other: 11,550

Total: 13,283

4,152

U.S. Civil War

1861-1865

Union: Combat: 110,070

Other: 249,458

Confederate: Combat: 74,524

Other: 124,000

Union: 275,175

Confederate: 137,000 +

Spanish-American War

1898

Combat: 385

Other: 2,061

Total: 2,456

1,662

Philippine-American War

1899-1901

Combat: 1,108

Other: 2,108

Total: 3,216

2,779

World War I

1917-1918

Combat: 53,513

Other: 63,195

Total: 116,708

204,002

World War II

1941-1945

Combat: 292,131

Other: 115,185

Total: 407,316

670,846

Korean War

1950-1953

Combat: 33,651

Other:

**(in-theater): 2,830

(not-in-theater): 17,730

Total: 54,246***

103,284

Vietnam War

1964-1975

Combat: 47,369

Other: 10,799

Total: 58,168****

153,303

Gulf War

1991

Combat: 148

Other: 145

Total: 293

467

War
Dates
Deaths
Wounded

Operation Enduring Freedom: Afghanistan/Pakistan

October 7, 2001-- Continuing

As of June 1, 2014

 

Total: 2,323

 

(this number includes four CIA Officers killed in action against al-Qaeda/Taliban forces)

Total: 17,674

(based on DoD website which includes all wounded from Operation EF, including those injured in areas other than Afghanistan/Pakistan)

NOTE: The lone U.S. Serviceman held by the Taliban, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was released by his captors on May 31, 2014.

Operation Enduring Freedom: Philippines

Oct. 7, 2001-Continuing

As of Nov. 11, 2008

Combat: 1

Non-Combat*****:14

Total: 15

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Third Persian Gulf War "Operation Iraqi Freedom"

March 19, 2003-Dec. 15, 2011

 

Total: 4,486

 

Total: 32,227

Haiti Intervention

March, 2004

Combat: 0

Non-Combat: 0

Total: 0

Combat: 1

Non-Combat 0

Total: 1

Libya War

March 19, 2011 (U.S. and NATO Intevention began)

Total: 2 (two USAF pilots suffered minor injuries when they ejected from their F-15E Eagle)

Sources for updated 2003-2011 Iraq War casualties: Iraq Coalition Casualty Count--The best website I have found thus far to monitor and track Coalition casualties in this war.

The Defense Department updates their casualty page frequently. It is at: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

 * Non-battle deaths not known for these wars.

**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 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.

*****Operation 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.

  

 

 Links and Sources for American War Casualties

 Statistical Summary of America's Major Wars--From the U.S. Civil War Center.

America's Wars--From the Veteran's Administration

War Statistics Relating to the Philippine Wars (1899 to 1913)

 Deaths-Operation Enduring Freedom--From the U.S. Defense Department

America's Wars and Casualties --Includes information on when the last veterans from each war died.

Coalition Casualties--Website tracking Coalition casualties in the 2003 Iraq War.

SFC Mark Wayne Jackson--Memorial web page for U.S. Special Forces soldier killed in the Philippines in 2002.

The Final Roll Call: Afghanistan War Casualyt Database--Database of American casualties from the Afghanistan War.

The Final Roll Call: Iraq War Casualty Database--Database of American casualties from the Iraq War.

Libya crisis: US warplane crew rescued after crash--BBC, March 22, 2011

 

 


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