Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day and somber numbers

Memorial Day is about remembering those who died in the service of our country.  Beginning each class I taught in American history with this sad tally, I hoped to establish a perspective and to set the context for the rest of the course.

Not all conflicts are listed below and many more died serving America. Some numbers are estimates and may differ, depending on the sources, but the point is made.

US War for Independence 
6,800 to 8,000  
About 17,000 servicemen were thought to have died from disease

Civil War
620,000 to 750,000

World War I  - The Great War
110,000-116,000 (Great Britain lost more than  900,000; France lost one in four of its male population)

World War II
About 407,000

Korean War


Afghanistan and Iraq
About 6,700

Tags: US Military deaths, Memorial Day

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