America’s Wars — Veterans Day 11 November 2008

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    America’s Wars — Veterans Day 11 November 2008

    American Revolution (1775-1783)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers1 217,000
    Battle Deaths 4,435
    Non-mortal Woundings 6,188

    War of 1812 (1812-1815)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers 286,730
    Battle Deaths 2,260
    Non-mortal Woundings 4,505

    Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers (VA estimate) 106,000
    Battle Deaths (VA estimate) 1,000

    Mexican War (1846-1848)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers 78,718
    Battle Deaths 1,733
    Other Deaths (In Theater) 11,550
    Non-mortal Woundings 4,152

    Civil War (1861-1865)

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

    Spanish-American War (1898-1902)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide) 306,760
    Battle Deaths 385
    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 2,061
    Non-mortal Woundings 1,662

    World War I (1917-1918)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide) 4,734,991
    Battle Deaths 53,402
    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 63,114
    Non-mortal Woundings 204,002
    Living Veterans 1

    World War II (1941 –1945)
    Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide) 16,112,566
    Battle Deaths 291,557
    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 113,842
    Non-mortal Woundings 671,846
    Living Veterans 5 2,306,000
    1. Exact number is unknown. Posted figure is the median of estimated
    range from 184,000 – 250,000.
    2. 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.
    5. Estimate based upon new population projection methodology.

    Korean War (1950-1953)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide) 5,720,000
    Battle Deaths 33,739
    Other Deaths (In Theater) 2,835
    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 17,672
    Non-mortal Woundings 103,284
    Living Veterans 2,307,000

    Vietnam War (1964-1975)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide) 6 8,744,000
    Deployed to Southeast Asia 7 3,403,000
    Battle Deaths 8 47,434
    Other Deaths (In Theater) 8 10,786
    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 8 32,000
    Non-mortal Woundings 9 153,303
    Living Veterans 5, 10 7,125,000

    Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)

    Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide) 2,322,000
    Deployed to Gulf 694,550
    Battle Deaths 147
    Other Deaths (In Theater) 235
    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 1,590
    Non-mortal Woundings 467
    Living Veterans 5, 10 2,269,000

    America’s Wars Total (1775 -1991)

    U.S. Military Service during Wartime 41,891,368
    Battle Deaths 651,030
    Other Deaths (In Theater) 308,800
    Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 230,279
    Non-mortal Woundings 1,431,290
    Living War Veterans 17,456,000
    Living Veterans (Periods of War & Peace) 23,442,000

    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:

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    6. Covers the period 8/5/64 - 1/27/73 (date of cease fire)
    7. Department of Defense estimate
    8. Covers period 11/1/55 – 5/15/75
    9. Excludes 150,341 not requiring hospital care
    10.VA estimate, as of 5/08, does not include those still on active duty and may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Source: Department of Defense (DOD), except living veterans, which are VA estimates as of Sep 2008.

    America’s Wars Fact Sheet, Nov 2008

    American Revolution
    Last Veteran, Daniel F. Bakeman,
    died 4/5/1869, age 109
    Last Widow, Catherine S. Damon,
    died 11/11/06, age 92
    Last Dependent, Phoebe M. Palmeter,
    died 4/25/11, age 90 Mexican War
    Last Veteran, Owen Thomas Edgar,
    died 9/3/29, age 98
    Last Widow, Lena James Theobald,
    died 6/20/63, age 89
    Last Dependent, Jesse G. Bivens,
    died 11/1/62, age 94
    War of 1812
    Last Veteran, Hiram Cronk,
    died 5/13/05, age 105
    Last Widow, Carolina King,
    died 6/28/36, age unknown
    Last Dependent, Esther A.H. Morgan,
    died 3/12/46, age 89 Civil War
    Last Union Veteran, Albert Woolson,
    died 8/2/56, age 109
    Last Confederate Veteran, John Salling,
    died 3/16/58, age 112
    Last Union Widow, Gertrude Janeway,
    died 1/17/2003, age 93
    Indian Wars
    Last Veteran, Fredrak Fraske,
    died 6/18/73, age 101 Spanish-American War
    Last veteran, Nathan E. Cook,
    died 9/10/92, age 106

    VA estimates the number of living World War II U.S. veterans will be:*
    9/30/08 2,306,000 9/30/09……. 2,024,000 9/30/10….….1,761,000 9/30/11………. 1,517,000 9/30/12 1,294,000 9/30/13……..1,092,000 9/30/14……….911,000 9/30/15… …. …750,000 9/30/16 611,000 9/30/17………. 490,000 9/30/18…....….388,000 9/30/19…………303,000 9/30/20 233,000 9/30/21……….176,000 9/30/22……….131,000 9/30/23……….….96,000

    * Estimates have changed based on new population projections. ___________________________________________

    U.S. Veterans and Dependents on
    Benefits Rolls as of
    September 2008

    Civil War - 2 - -

    Indian Wars - - - -

    Spanish-American War - 94 - 90

    Mexican Border - 15 - 60

    World War I - 3,169 - 4,873

    World War II 274,052 14,403 117 223,895

    Korean Conflict 156,842 3,170 257 60,948

    Vietnam Era 1,015,151 8,843 2,932 165,376

    Gulf War 1 896,288 13,688 926 15,945

    Non service-connected 315,763 18,103 2 182,236

    Service-connected 2,951,587 28,016 5,385 320,979
    1 For compensation and pension purposes, the Persian Gulf War period has not yet been terminated and includes veterans of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
  2. My Bold, not wishing to denigrate this post and all respect to the fallen across the globe, but The War of Independence was fought between the British and The American Civil War was Blue on Blue.
  3. Too be honest... the Revolutionary war was a civil war by all definition with many colonists staying loyal to the crown. Here in the states, that sad aspect of the conflict is usually glossed over in history classes as is the fact that there was a very active pro American slice of your Parlament at the time and that British commanders in theater really didn't have their hearts in the fight and some actually sympathized with their opposition although that did not prevent them from being professional it certainly made them less aggressive than they were towards say... the French.


    Veteran's Day here in the States is not given the attention it once was... used to be every school had their students do assignments on the subject and would bring in veterans to meet and speak with the kids. Now maybe a quarter of schools actually do anything to recognize it. Memorial Day on the other hand garnishes sweeping attention... and rightly so as it is the day to remember and mourn our fallen.
  4. We celebrate Decoration Day on April the 26th. It's quite a celebration among my kinfolk. :wink:

    "The South Will Rise Again!" :lol:



    The history of Confederate Memorial Day lays its roots back to 1862 when a grieved widow of a Confederate soldier started a pilgrimage to his graveside. The inspiration came from her small child who would pick the weeds and place flowers on the unmarked Confederate soldiers graves commonly referring to them as her soldier's graves. The Georgia General Assembly in 1874 provided legislation for a new public holiday that April 26th of each year would be known as Memorial Day. Georgia Governor James Smith signed the legislation into law. It appears that the reason for the 26th of April date was that was the date that General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered in North Carolina thus bringing the end of the War between the States for Georgia. In the language of this legislation it is clear that April 26th was already being celebrated as Confederate Memorial Day in the state unofficially. Below is an excerpt from the Confederate Veteran magazine (1893) which may shed some light on the holidays beginning. On April 12th 1866, a woman's memorial association in Columbus, GA called for a special day of memorial. On April 26th, 1866 an Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association held a Confederate Memorial observance at Oakland Cemetery. Many Southern States observed Confederate Memorial Day on different dates. Florida joined Georgia celebrating it on April 26th. Mississippi celebrates Confederate Memorial day on the last Monday of April. Alabama celebrates it on the forth Monday of April. North and South Carolina celebrate it on May the 10th which is the anniversary of Jefferson Davis's capture. Louisiana and Tennessee celebrate on June 3rd, where Tennessee calls the observance Confederate Decoration Day. The reason for June 3rd is that it is Jefferson Davis's birthday. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day on January 19th (Gen. Robert E. Lee's birthday) and Virginia calls its Confederate Memorial Day the last Monday in May. The reason that we celebrate is to remember the lives of these veterans and the sacrifices they made. To pay honor and respect to the heroes of the Southland...the Southland that they shed their blood for...for the very blood that courses through our own veins...for the pride they left for us and the pride we have for them. We should all celebrate Confederate Memorial Day and its observance within our local communities. Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps all over the United States do observances for the Confederate Veterans on these Memorial dates and I challenge anyone reading this to get involved with these observances and be a part.

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