Lest we forget this Memorial Day….

cemeterayDuring its first 100 years of existence, more than 683,000 Americans lost their lives, with the Civil War accounting for 623,026 of that total (91.2%). Comparatively, in the next 100 years, another estimated 625,000 Americans died through two World Wars and several more regional conflicts (World War 2 representing 65% of that total). Using this comparison, the Civil War might very well be the most costly war that America has ever fought. (Partial Sources: U.S. Army Military History Institute and iCasualties.org).

Let us remember them…and their loved ones as well.

Summary of Military Fatalities in Major Conflicts

American Revolution (1775-1783) 4,435 (estimate)

War of 1812 (1812-1815) 2,260

Mexican War (1846-1848) 1,733

Civil War (1861-1865)

o 140,414 (Union)
o 74,524 (Confederate)

Spanish-American War (1898-1902) 385

World War I (1917-1918) 53,402

World War II (1941-1945) 291,557

Korean War (1950-1953) 33,686

Vietnam War (1964-1975) 47,410

Gulf War (1990-1991) 147

Iraq War (2003-2012) 4,486

Afghanistan War (2001-present) 2193 (as of April 4, 2013)

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