War                                                       Dates                    Deaths                                                     Wounded
American Revolutionary War        1775-1783           Combat: 4,435                                              6,188
Total servicemembers:                                                 Other: *Unknown                                          
217,000
No living veterans                                                                                                                                     

Indian Wars                                       1817-1898           Combat: 1,000 (approx.)                        Unknown
Total servicemembers:                                                 Other: *Unknown                                    
106,000
No living veterans

The War of 1812                               1812-1815           Combat: 2,260                                              4,505
Total servicemembers:                                                 Other: *Unknown                                        
286,730
No living veterans

U.S.-Mexican War                            1846-1848          Combat: 1,733                                              4,152       
Total servicemembers:                                                Other: 11,550
78,718                                                                               Total: 13,283
No living veterans

U.S. Civil War                                     1861-1865          Union: Combat: 140,414                        Union
Total servicemembers:                                                Other: 224,097                                         281,881
2,213,363
Union                                                              Confederate: Combat: 74,524              Confederate
1,050,000 Confederate                                                 Other: 59,297                                            Unknown
No living veterans                                                             
                                        
Spanish-American War                  1898-1902          Combat: 385                                                  1,662
Total servicemembers:                                                Other: 2,061
306,760 worldwide                                                        Total: 2,456                                                  
No living veterans

Philippine-American War               1899-1901          Combat: 1,108                                              2,779
Total servicemembers:                                                 Other: 2,108
?                                                                                          Total: 3,216                                                    

World War I                                       1917-1918          Combat: 53,402                                        204,002
Total servicemembers:                                                Other: 63,114
4,734,991 worldwide                                                     Total: 116,516                                          
2,503 living veterans

World War II                                      1941-1945          Combat: 291,557                                      671,846
Total servicemembers:                                                Other: 113,842
16,112,566 worldwide                                                  Total: 405,399                                          
5,451,378 living veterans

Korean War                                      1950-1953           Combat: 33,686                                        103,284
Total servicemembers:                                                Other: **(in-theater):  2,830
5,720,000 worldwide                                                             (not-in-theater):17,730
3,913,749 living veterans                                             Total: 54,246***                                       

Vietnam War                                    1964-1975           Combat: 47,410                                        153,303
Total servicemembers:                                                Other: (in-theater):10,788
9,200,000 worldwide                                                           (not in-theater): 32,000     
3,100,00 deployed to SE Asia                                      Total: 90,198****                                     
8,300,106 living veterans

Gulf War                                            1990-1991            Combat: 148                                                     467
Total servicemembers:                                                 Other: (in-theater): 235
2,322,332 worldwide                                                               (non-theater): 914                                  
1,136,638 deployed to Gulf                                           Total: 1297
1,753,530 living veterans

Operation Enduring Freedom:     Oct 7, 2001 -         Combat: 679 (includes the                            1008
Afghanistan/Pakistan                     
Continuing           death of four CIA officers in                            388 returned to action
(figures as of 04-27-09)                                                 action against al-Qaeda/Taliban)
                                                                                Other: *****157
                                                                                Total: 341                                                           

Operation Enduring Freedom:      Oct 7, 2001 -         Combat: 1
Philippines                                        
Continuing             Non-Combat: *****: 10
(figures as of 9-12-04)                                                    Total: 11

Persian Gulf War                             Mar 19, 2003 -      Killed in Action:   4278                                    31,156
"Operation Iraqi Freedom"           
Continuing             Non-hostile:  556                                              12,561 returned to action
(figures as of 04-27-09)                                                 Total: 2814

Haiti Intervention                              Mar 1, 2004 -        Combat: 0                                                          1
(figures as of 5-25-04)                    Continuing             Non-combat: 0                                                 
                                                                                 Total: 0                                                              
* Non-battle deaths not known for these wars.

* *In-Theater means the deaths occurred in or near the area of combat operations. Example: If a helicopter
carrying 45 soldiers in Vietnam crashes into a mountain due to bad weather, they are non-combat, in-theater
deaths. If a helicopter crashes in Vietnam due to enemy action, they are combat deaths. If a helicopter in the United
States crashes into a mountain during the Vietnam War, they are non-combat, non-theater deaths.

* * *Some controversy exists over the total number of deaths from the Korean War. For many years after the war,
the official death toll stood around 54,000. Recently, the U.S. government changed the totals to the numbers above.
Apparently, the non-theater deaths had been incorrectly added to the total, thereby inflating the number of
"combat" deaths. Nearly 8,000 American military personnel are listed as "Missing in Action" (MIA) in Korea. They
are not included in the death totals, though by now, they should all be considered dead.

* * * *The numbers of Vietnam dead changes periodically as more remains are found in Southeast Asia and are
identified. Approximately 2,500 service personnel were listed as "Missing in Action" (MIA) after the war.

* * * * *Operation Enduring Freedom involves combat operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan (as of May 25, 2004)
as well as anti-terrorist "training" missions in the Philippines, Yemen, and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
The figures above reflect information supplied by the Department of Defense. The non-combat deaths include
fatalities in airplane and helicopter crashes, industrial accidents, accidental shootings and at least three fatalities
caused by friendly fire. Ten of the casualties in the Philippines are from a helicopter crash.


Sources:
http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/amwars.asp
http://www.historyguy.com/american_war_casualties.html
Iraq War casualties: Iraq Coalition Casualty Count
establishing  the VA as a cabinet department was signed, the VA
initiated a competition among employees for a seal design that
would give the new department a "new look".  The winner of
that competition, and creator of today's VA seal was David
E. Gregory, a medical media production specialist at the
Indianapolis VA Medical Center.  These are the key
elements of the seal, as he described them:

The eagle represents the
United States.

The circle of five stars above
the eagle represents the Army,
Navy, Air Force, Marines and
Coast Guard.

The two flags in the eagle's talons
represent the span of America’s history
from 13 colonies to the present 50 states.

The flags are bound by a golden cord symbolic of those
Americans who have fallen in service to their country.

The eagle holds the cord to perpetuate the memory of those
veterans who have fallen and sacrificed for the nation.
(author unknown)

I am a small and precious child, my dad's been sent to fight.
The only place I'll see his face, is in my dreams at night.

He will be gone too many days for my young mind to keep track.
I may be sad, but I am proud. My daddy's got your back.

I am a caring mother. My son has gone to war.
My mind is filled with worries that I have never known before.

Everyday I try to keep my thoughts from turning black.
I may be scared, but I am proud. My son has got your back.

I am a strong and loving wife,with a husband soon to go.
There are times I'm terrified in a way most never know.

I bite my lip, and force a smile as I watch my husband pack.
My heart may break, but I am proud. My husband has got your back.

I am a soldier, serving proudly, standing tall.
I fight for freedom, yours and mine by answering this call.  

I do my job while knowing,the thanks it sometimes lacks.
Say a prayer that I'll come home and remember who's got your back.
(does not include the estimated 26-31
(some estimates are 137,000+)
thousand that died in Union camps)