Since the founding of the United States, the country has engaged in 12 major wars extending over every continent.
Admittedly, the United States has a rather distinct relationship with war. While it is deemed to be the most military powerful country in the world today, Americans have never been subjected to war in the way that many other countries worldwide have. There is a big difference between the universal experience of war and the American experience. It might be worthwhile to look at some figures on the number of American soldiers who died in every major American war.
The Vietnam War is a complicated subject, and a university scholar could devote a whole semester on the simple basics. Ever since the end of the Vietnam War, there are some approximations of its casualties put together, but they differ and are at times inconsistent with each other.
The United States paid a terrible price for its involvement in the Vietnam War, nearly sixty thousand US soldiers were killed in action, one thousand six hundred missing, and over a hundred and fifty thousand wounded. Numbers surely don’t tell the whole story, but they paint a picture of families shattered and lives lost.
In the United States, during the first half of the 1860s, the War Between the States was one of the bloodiest wars was fought in American history. The American Civil War was fought to prevent the separation of the United States. Above all the reasons listed including slavery, the South was fighting to maintain their way of life and their freedom to be independent.
Several elements of the civil war are still hotly debated. The figures in this post are based on the soundest info available. Approximately six hundred and twenty-five thousand US soldiers died in the Civil War, more soldiers than in World War I, Vietnam War, World War II, and the Korean War combined.
World War I
World War I or the Great War started in 1914 among great, influential and affluent European countries regarding social, economic and political rift and rivalry. It continued for four years.
America joined World War I in April 1917. Over four million US soldiers served. There were fifty-three thousand four hundred and two soldiers killed in action, two hundred and five thousand wounded and about sixty-three thousand one hundred and eleven dies of disease. World War I had the most casualties than any other war in modern history up to that point. The number of deaths reached an astounding seventeen million.
World War II
World War II or the Second World War, was a universal war that continued from 1939 – 1945, although related skirmishes started earlier. The Second World War was the most destructive conflict ever known to man dwarfing the figures of casualties in World War I by a large amount.
According to the Census Bureau, approximately twelve percent of the total United States populations were a part of the armed forces. Concrete evidence indicates that the Second World War cost the lives of between fifty to seventy million souls, civilian and military, while injuries were estimated to be in the range of twenty million individuals. The number of US soldiers who died in the conflict is estimated at more than four hundred thousand, including nearly three hundred thousand killed in action.
Persian Gulf War
The Gulf War was started by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, organized the attack and occupation of Kuwait with the aim of securing that nation’s large oil reserves, canceling a huge debt Iraq owed Kuwait, and increasing Iraqi power in the region. The Gulf war was waged by coalition forces from thirty-five nations led by the United States against Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. About ten thousand Iraqi soldiers were killed during the war, in comparison with only three hundred coalition troops. One hundred forty nine US soldiers were killed.
The Iraq War was a military conflict that lasted for seven years and cost 1.06 trillion USD. The United States led the war against Iraq after suspecting Iraq of possessing weapons of mass distraction. When Iraq failed to present its possessions, the United States army invaded Iraq in the first quarter of 2003. The Iraq war claimed the lives of four thousand four hundred and eighty-six American soldiers.
Admittedly, the occupation of Afghanistan is the longest war in the history of the United States. As of 2016, there have been two thousand three hundred and eighty-six United States military deaths in the Afghanistan War. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-four of these deaths have been the result of hostile action. Twenty thousand and forty-nine US soldiers were wounded in action. Additionally, there were one thousand one hundred and seventy-three US civilian fatalities.
Hundreds of thousands of US soldiers have been killed in battle. But the trend is a declining number of casualties. And as we rely on modern technology to fight, those numbers will likely decline even further.