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America's Wars and Casualties

American Revolution, 1775 to 1784
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
290,0004,0000
Last Veteran: Daniel F. Bakeman, died 4/5/1869, age 109


War of 1812, 1812 to 1815
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
287,0002,0000
Last Veteran: Hiram Cronk, died 5/13/05, age 105


Indian Wars, approx. 1817 to 1898
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
106,0001,0000
Last Veteran: Fredrak Fraske, died 6/18/73, age 101


Mexican War, 1846 to 1848
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
79,00013,0000
Last Veteran: Owen Thomas Edgar, died 9/3/29, age 98


Civil War, 1861 to 1865
Union Participants Union Deaths in Service Union Living Veterans
2,213,000364,0000
Confederate Participants* Confederate Deaths in Service* Confederate Living Veterans
1,000,000133,8210
Last Union Veteran: Albert Woolson, died 8/2/56, age 109
Last Confederate Veteran: Disputed.* Learn more...


Spanish-American War, 1898 to 1902
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
392,00011,0000
Last Veteran: Nathan E. Cook, died 9/10/92, age 106


World War I, 1917 to 1918
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
4,744,000116,000Fewer than 25
Living Veterans does not include World War I veterans with military service in other eras.


World War II, 1940 to 1947
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
16,535,000406,0003,242,000


Korean Conflict, 1950 to 1955
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
6,807,00055,0003,086,400


Vietnam Era, 1964 to 1975
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
9,200,000109,0007,286,500


Gulf War Era, 1990 to 8/2001
Participants Deaths in Service Living Veterans
3,800,0009,0001,852,000


War on Terror, 9/2001 to TBD
Participants (as of 9/2009) Deaths in Service (as of 3/2010)
1,471,0085,376


America's Wars Total
Participants Deaths in Service Living VeteransLiving Ex-Servicemembers
41,891,3681,190,10923,442,00017,456,000


Sources: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (July 1998), American Community Survey (2008) and InfoPlease

* Authoritative statistics for Confederate Forces are not available. An estimated 28,000 Confederate soldiers died in Union prisons. In the VA press release, the last Confederate veteran is listed as John Salling.

Note: Figures on the number of living veterans reflect final 1990 Census data and include only veterans living in the United States. Details may not add to total due to rounding.


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