Last updated on May 26th, 2017
Today, Memorial Day, originating after the American Civil War, Americans gather at memorials, cemeteries, and at parades nationwide to honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces; casualties of war.
Regardless of one’s own opinion ‘why’ any war is fought, today we remember those individuals who sacrificed their lives fulfilling their duty.
Memorial Day is also the traditional start of the summer season of vacations and barbeque’s with friends and family. This year though, this memorial day holiday while you’re sharing good times with those around you, imagine if one of them was no longer there, and was instead a casualty of war. The reality is that there are countless gatherings around the country where someone is missing – a friend or relative – a casualty of war. Never forget.
The following list of U.S. casualties during wartime is a reality check…
U.S. Casualties And Wounded During Major Wars
6,809 total deaths
The number of Americans who died from disease is not known, although it is estimated that about 15,000 died from all causes directly related to the war, and 4,500 wounded.
The total loss of life throughout the war is largely unknown.
More than 25,000 American Revolutionaries died — about 8,000 were in battle; the other 17,000 recorded deaths were from starvation or disease brought on by deplorable conditions while prisoners of war, most in rotting British prison ships in New York. The tally of deaths from disease is undoubtedly too low; 2,500 Americans died while encamped at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777–78 alone. The total American military casualty figure may have been as high as 50,000 (from a population at the time of 2.5 million).