Disabled American Veterans
Chapter #1 Fort Smith

Donate to 
DAV  Chapter #1​
Recent News!!

America’s Wars

Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Public Affairs Washington, DC 20420 (202) 461-7600
May 2016 Statistics



American Revolution (1775-1783)
Total U.S. Service members(1) 217,000 Battle Deaths 4,435 Non-mortal Wounds 6,188

War of 1812 (1812-1815)
Total U.S. Service members 286,730 Battle Deaths 2,260 Non-mortal Wounding 4,505

Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)
Total U.S. Service members (VA estimate) 106,000 Battle Deaths (VA estimate) 1,000

Mexican War (1846-1848)
Total U.S. Service members 78,718 Battle Deaths 1,733 Other Deaths (In Theater) 11,550 Non-mortal Wounds 4,152

Civil War (1861-1865)
Total U.S. Service members (Union) 2,213,363 Battle Deaths (Union) 140,414 Other Deaths (In Theater) (Union) 224,097 Non-mortal Wounds (Union) 281,881 Total Service members (Conf.) 2 1,050,000 Battle Deaths (Confederate) 3 74,524 Other Deaths (In Theater) (Confederate) 3, 4 59,297 Non-mortal Wounds (Confederate) Unknown

Spanish-American War (1898-1902)
Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide) 306,760 Battle Deaths 385 Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 2,061 Non-mortal Wounds 1,662

World War I (1917-1918)
Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide) 4,734,991 Battle Deaths 53,402 Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 63,114 Non-mortal Wounds 204,002

World War II (1941 –1945)
Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide) 16,112,566 Battle Deaths 291,557 Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 113,842 Non-mortal Wounds 670,846 Living Veterans 10 696,000

NOTES:
1. An exact number is unknown. Posted figure is the median of estimated range from 184,000 – 250,000.
2. An exact number is unknown. Posted figure is median of estimated range from 600,000 – 1,500,000.
3. Death figures are based on incomplete returns.
4. Does not include 26,000 to 31,000 who died in Union prisons.

Korean War (1950-1953)
Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide) 5,720,000 Total Serving (In Theater) 1,789,000 Battle Deaths 33,739 Other Deaths (In Theater) 2,835 Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 17,672 Non-mortal Wounds 103,284 Living Veterans 10 1,592,000

Vietnam War (1964-1975)
Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide) 68,744,000 Deployed to Southeast Asia 73,403,000 Battle Deaths 847,434 Other Deaths (In Theater) 8 10,786 Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 8 32,000 Non-mortal Wounds 9 153,303 Living Veterans 10 6,953,000

Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)
Total U.S. Service members (Worldwide) 2,322,000 Deployed to Gulf 694,550 Battle Deaths 148 Other Deaths (In Theater) 235 Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 1,565 Non-mortal Wounds 467 Living Veterans 10 4,483,000

America’s Wars Total (1775 -1991)
U.S. Military Service during Wartime 41,892,128 Battle Deaths 651,031 Other Deaths (In Theater) 308,800 Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 230,254 Non-mortal Wounding 1,430,290 Living War Veterans 16,104,000 Living Veterans (Periods of War & Peace) 21,368,000

Global War on Terror (Oct 2001 -)
The Global War on Terror (GWOT), including Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), are ongoing conflicts. For the most current GWOT statistics visit the following Department of Defense Website:
https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/pages/casualties.xhtml
Living Veterans 10 4,398,000

6. Covers the period 8/5/64 -1/27/73 (date of the ceasefire)
7. Department of Defense estimate
8. Covers period 11/1/55 – 5/15/75
9. Excludes 150,341 not requiring hospital care
10. Veterans can be in more than one wartime period and the total living war Veterans is not the same as the sum of living Veterans from each individual war was due to double counting.

Source: Department of Defense (DOD), except living Veterans, which are VA estimates as of Sep 2016.