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World War I - The number of World War I casualties, both military and civilian, was about 40 million — more than 19 million deaths and 21 million wounded. This includes 9.7 million military deaths and about 9.0 million civilian deaths. The Allied Powers lost more than 5 million soldiers and the Central Powers about 4 million. Casualty numbers are a topic of debate due to the fact that military casualty statistics include combat related deaths as well as losses caused by accidents, disease and prisoner of war deaths. Wikipedia, World War I Casualties
World War II - The total estimated human loss of life caused by World War II, irrespective of political alignment, was roughly 72 million people. The civilian toll was around 47 million, including about 20 million due to war related famine and disease. The military toll was about 25 million, including about 5 million prisoners of war. The Allies lost around 61 million people, and the Axis lost 11 million. - Wikipedia, World War II Casualties
Korean War - The United States Armed Forces suffered 33,665 Americans killed in action in Korea; 3,275 died there from non-hostile causes. Total: 36, 940 Americans gave their lives in the Korean Theater. There were 92,134 Americans wounded in action in 103, 284 incidents. A total of 1,789,000 Americans served in the Korean theater during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. There are still 8,176 MIAs. - The Forgotten War Korea Source: Office of Secretary of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports (WHS/DIOR); Defense Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Office (DPMO). Data released 10 January 2000.
Vietnam War - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the twentieth century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. - Digital History, Learn about the Vietnam War
Gulf War - The U.S. had more than 500,000 troops in the Persian Gulf War, while the non-U.S. coalition forces equaled roughly 160,000, or 24 percents, or all forces. Here are some details about the fores in the Gulf: U.S. casualities: 148 battle deaths, 145 nonbattle deaths. - CNN, Gulf War Facts
Afghanistan - There have been 575 coalition deaths — 386 Americans, one Australian, 55 Britons, 54 Canadians, one Czech, three Danes, six Dutch, one Finnish, nine French, 21 Germans, nine Italians, one Norwegian, one Portuguese, four Romanians, one South Korean, 20 Spaniards, two Swedes — in the war on terror as of May 24, 2007, according to a CNN count.
Iraq War Casualties (recent count) - Operation Iraqi Freedom 3,426 have died. Operation Enduring Freedom: 387 have died.- Washington Post, Faces of the Fallen
Quotes about the Iraq War effort:
Army Pfc. Johnathon Millican of Trafford, Ala., wrote on his MySpace page before he was killed in Karbala, Iraq: “You don’t have to love the war but you have to love the warrior.” - Air Force Times, Online Self Portraits Memorialize Many Troops.
“Down in Washington, D.C., we air differences and argue back and forth on matters of policy,” he said. “It’s always that way, and there’s nothing wrong with it. But we need to remember that when all the speeches are given, and the debates fall silent, and the decisions are made, it falls to men and women like you to bear the battle.” - Chicago Tribune, Cheney War ‘Not … endless’
“Bush on Thursday warned that the summer would likely bring more heavy fighting and, possibly, a further spike in U.S. casualties.” - The Seattle Times. “May among worst months for Fort Lewis forces in Iraq”.
“The U.S. military also reported late Saturday the deaths of eight U.S. troops, bringing the number of soldiers killed so far this month to at least 100 and putting May on pace to become the deadliest month for U.S. troops here in more than 2 1/2 years.” - Associated Press, U.S. Frees 42 Al Qaida Captives in Raid