The Meaning of Memorial Day

U.S. Military Casualties of War, a partial list
War or Conflict Date Combat Deaths Other Total Deaths Wounded Total Dead & Wounded Missing
American Revolutionary War 1775–1783 17,000 25,000 25,000 50,000
War of 1812 1812–1815 2,260 ~17,000 ~20,000 4,505 ~25,000
Mexican–American War 1846–1848 1,733 11,550 13,283 4,152 17,435
Civil War: total 1861–1865 212,938 ~625,000
Union 140,414 224,097 364,511 281,881 646,392
Confederate 72,524 ~260,000
Spanish–American War 1898 385 2,061 2,446 1,622 4,068
Philippine–American War 1898–1913 1,020 3,176 4,196 2,930 7,126
World War I 1917–1918 53,402 63,114 116,516 204,002 320,518 3,350
World War II 1941–1945 291,557 113,842 405,399 670,846 1,076,245 30,314
Korean War 1950–1953 33,686 2,830 36,516 92,134 128,650 4,759
Vietnam War 1955–1975 47,424 10,785 58,209 153,303 211,454 2,489
Gulf War 1990–1991 113 148 258 849 1,231 0
Afghanistan 2001–present 1,435 368 1,803 9,971 12,035 1
Iraq War 2003–2011 3,542 935 4,477 31,965 36,395 2
War on Terror: Afghanistan and Iraq Wars total 2001–present 4,977 1,303 6,280 41,936 48,430 3
Grand Total 1775-Present 848,163 437,421 1,342,812 1,529,230 2,489,335 38,159

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