Happy Memorial Day! Here is a CNN article outlining some interesting facts concerning Memorial Day.
Below is a breakdown of all the U.S. war casualties from the Civil War (the original reason behind Memorial Day being established) to the present. Very sobering.
U.S. War Casualties:
Civil War – Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000. More than half these deaths were caused by disease.
World War I – 116,516 Americans died, more than half from disease.
World War II – 405,399 Americans died.
Korean War – 36,574 Americans died.
Vietnam Conflict – 58,220 Americans died. More than 47,000 Americans were killed in action and nearly 11,000 died of other causes.
Operation Iraqi Freedom – 4,466 U.S. service members have died.
Operation New Dawn – 66 U.S. service members have died.
Operation Enduring Freedom – 2,219 U.S. service members have died as of May 21, 2013.