America's Wars: U.S. Casualties and Veterans

The table below has information about the total number of service members, battle deaths, and nonmortal woundings in wars from 1775 to 2012; such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I and II, Vietnam, and more.

American Revolution (1775-1783)
Total servicemembers217,000
Battle deaths4,435
Nonmortal woundings6,188
War of 1812 (1812-1815)
Total servicemembers286,730
Battle deaths2,260
Nonmortal woundings4,505
Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)
Total servicemembers106,0001
Battle deaths1,0001
Mexican War (1846-1848)
Total servicemembers78,718
Battle deaths1,733
Other deaths in service (nontheater)11,550
Nonmortal woundings4,152
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.)59,2972
Nonmortal woundings (Conf.)unknown
Spanish-American War (1898-1902)
Total servicemembers306,760
Battle deaths385
Other deaths in service (nontheater)2,061
Nonmortal woundings1,662
World War I (1917-1918)3
Total servicemembers4,734,991
Battle deaths53,402
Other deaths in service (nontheater)63,114
Nonmortal woundings204,002
Living veterans0
World War II (1940-1945)3
Total servicemembers16,112,566
Battle deaths291,557
Other deaths in service (nontheater)113,842
Nonmortal woundings671,846
Living veterans1,711,0001
Korean War (1950-1953)
Total servicemembers5,720,000
Serving in-theater1,789,000
Battle deaths33,739
Other deaths in service (theater)2,835
Other deaths in service (nontheater)17,672
Nonmortal woundings103,284
Living veterans2,275,000
Vietnam War (1964-1975)
Total servicemembers8,744,000
Serving in-theater3,403,000
Battle deaths47,434
Other deaths in service (theater)10,786
Other deaths in service (nontheater)32,000
Nonmortal woundings153,303
Living veterans7,391,0001,6
Gulf War (1990-1991)
Total servicemembers2,322,000
Serving in-theater694,550
Battle deaths148
Other deaths in service (theater)235
Other deaths in service (nontheater)1,565
Nonmortal woundings467
Living veterans2,244,5831,6
America's Wars Total (1775–1991)
Military service during war41,892,128
Battle deaths651,031
Other deaths in service (theater)308,800
Other deaths in service (nontheater)230,254
Nonmortal woundings1,430,290
Living war veterans16,962,0004
Living veterans23,234,000
Global War on Terror 5
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide) (as of Sept. 2011)1,468,364
Deployed to Iraq (Operation New Dawn) (as of Dec. 31, 2011)0
Deployed to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) (as of June 2011)45,000
Battle Deaths5,078
Other Deaths (In Theater)1,378
Non-mortal Woundings48,104
1. Estimate based upon new population projection methodology.
2. Estimated figure. Does not include 26,000-31,000 who died in Union prisons.
3. Years of U.S. involvement in war.
4. Total will be more than sum of conflicts due to no "end date" established for Persian Gulf War.
5. October 7, 2001 through May 29, 2012 (unless otherwise indicated). Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn.
6. Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) estimate, as of 4/09, does not include those still on active duty and may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Source: Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.

See also Post-Vietnam Combat Casualties.

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