There's no question that everyone, regardless of identity and background, is affected by war. From the soldier heading off to the battlefield to the loved ones left behind at home, estimating the true ramifications of war is almost impossible. Battle and conflict is part of any country’s history; whether it's an economic war or one fought on the field resulting in the loss of lives, war is a physically and emotionally brutal fact of life.
In the short history of the United States since the Revolutionary War of Independence, the nation has seen over a million deaths in war. From casualties in combat to mortal wounding, there's a tragic story with a face, name, and personal story behind each of the numbers
Many critics of the United States today have viewed their entry into certain wars in a cynical light, with some saying the American government actually seeks out the opportunity to get involved in a war, for reasons other than the apparent defense of liberty. Whatever the motivation behind the wars, there is a cost to every battle that's more than monetary: In November of 2013, StatisticBrain.com compiled information on the number of U.S. casualties per war, according to the Washington Post Database. The wars listed have had a significant impact on the history of the United States and many played a formative role in creating the country as we know it today. Whatever your opinion on the United States' politics, these wars at least deserve recognition for the brave lives lost and casualties rendered.
10 Afghanistan – 2,229
9 Iraq War – 4,800
8 Mexican-American War – 13,283
7 War of 1812 – 15,000
6 Revolutionary War – 25,000
5 Korean War – 36,516
4 Vietnam War – 58,209
It was certainly a tragedy for the hundreds of thousands affected directly by the loss of over 58,000 troops, many of whom were very young men who'd been drafted. Whether it was an attempt to be heroic for the people of Vietnam or whether there were political motivations, the Vietnam War brought out the best and the worst in people. Those who survived the war carried the scars and the inner turmoil for the remainder of their lifetimes.
3 World War I – 116,516
2 World War II – 405,399
1 Civil War – 625,000
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