Casualties of War

Greg Richards
The sustainability of our effort in Iraq is being questioned in part due to the toll that combat is taking on our forces.  In this regard, it is useful to compare the Iraq War with previous American wars - the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War (for the Civil War, numbers are for both sides combined - Union plus Confederate).
                            





                        Civil War         World War I    World War II     Korea      Vietnam    Iraq

Duration (years)          4                  1 ½                  3 ½              3             7              4

Deaths                    620,000       120,000           405,000        36,000     58,000      3,100

Wounded               350,000       200,000           670,000      103,000   153,000    23,000

Amputations            50,000           2,600             15,000         1,500       5,300         500

Of the 23,000 wounded in the Iraq War, 13,000 were returned to duty within 3 days.  That statistic is not available for the other wars.
The sustainability of our effort in Iraq is being questioned in part due to the toll that combat is taking on our forces.  In this regard, it is useful to compare the Iraq War with previous American wars - the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War (for the Civil War, numbers are for both sides combined - Union plus Confederate).
                            





                        Civil War         World War I    World War II     Korea      Vietnam    Iraq

Duration (years)          4                  1 ½                  3 ½              3             7              4

Deaths                    620,000       120,000           405,000        36,000     58,000      3,100

Wounded               350,000       200,000           670,000      103,000   153,000    23,000

Amputations            50,000           2,600             15,000         1,500       5,300         500

Of the 23,000 wounded in the Iraq War, 13,000 were returned to duty within 3 days.  That statistic is not available for the other wars.