Memorial Day

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Capture of Fort Riviere, Haiti, 1915 (from Military Photos)
Memorial Day is a day to remember all the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have paid the ultimate price. We tend to think of the major wars, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam and WWII, but the U.S. has been involved in a long series of small wars as well.  

Below is a list, taken from Wikipedia and reformatted, of all of the named conflicts the U.S. has been involved in. Each is linked to a Wikipedia article describing the war. The number in parenthesis is the number of killed and wounded. 

Most of the conflicts have been all but forgotten, but still there are the graves. May the veterans all Rest in Peace.

American Revolutionary War 1775-1783 (~50,000)
Northwest Indian War 1785-179 5(1881+)
Quasi-War 1798-1800 (556)
First Barbary War 1801-1805 (138)
Other actions against pirates 1800-1900 (294+)
Chesapeake–Leopard Affair 1807 (21)
War of 1812 1812-1815 (~25,000)
Marquesas Expedition 1813-1814 (7)
Second Barbary War 1815 (148)
First Seminole War 1817-1818 (83)
First Sumatran Expedition 1832 (13)
Black Hawk War 1832 (390)
Second Seminole War 1835-1842 (1535, not including wounded)
Mexican–American War 1846-1848 (17,435)
Cayuse War 1847-1856 (115)
Rogue River Wars 1851-1856 (489)
Yakima War 1855-1856 (126)
Third Seminole War 1855-1858 (53)
Coeur d'Alene War 1858 (96)
Civil War: 1861-1865 (~625,000, not including wounded)
Dakota War of 1862 (Little Crow's War)  1862 (220–263)
Shimonoseki Straits 1863 (10)
Snake Indian War  1864-1868 (158)
Indian Wars 1865-1898 (919 combat deaths)
Red Cloud's War 1866-1868 (226)
Korea (Shinmiyangyo) 1871 (12)
Modoc War 1872-1873 (144)
Great Sioux War 1875–1877 (525)
Nez Perce War 1877 134 (291)
Bannock War 1878 (34)
Ute War 1879 (67)
Sheepeater Indian War 1879 (11)
Samoan crisis 1887-1889 (62)
Ghost Dance War 1890–1891 (99)
Sugar Point Pillager Band of Chippewa Indians 1898 (23)
Spanish–American War 1898 (4,068)
Philippine–American War 1898–1913 (7,126)
Boxer Rebellion 1900–1901 (335)
Santo Domingo Affair 1904 (3)
United States occupation of Nicaragua 1910, 1912-1925, 1927-1933 (449)
Mexican Revolution 1914–1919 (500)
Occupation of Haiti 1915–1934 (184+)
World War I 1917–1918 (320,518)
North Russia Campaign 1918–1920 (424, not including wounded)
American Expeditionary Force Siberia 1918–1920 (380+)
China 1918; 1921; 1926–1927; 1930; 1937 (83)
World War II 1941–1945 1,076,245)
Greek Civil War 1944-1949 (6)
Chinese Civil War 1945–1950 (215)
Berlin Blockade 1948–1949 (0)
Korean War 1950–1953 (128,650)
U.S.S.R. Cold War 1947–1991 (44)
China Cold War 1950–1972 (16)
Vietnam War 1955–1975 (211,454)
1958 Lebanon crisis 1958 (7+)
Bay of Pigs Invasion 1961 (4)
Dominican Republic 1965–1966 (330)
Iran 1980 (12)
El Salvador Civil War 1980–1992 (72)
Beirut deployment 1982–1984 (435)
Persian Gulf escorts 1987–1988 (70)
Invasion of Grenada 1983 (138)
1986 Bombing of Libya 1986 (2)
Invasion of Panama 1989 (364)
Gulf War 1990–1991 1,231
Operation Provide Comfort 1991-1996 23
Somalia 1992–1993 (196)
Haiti 1994–1995 (7)
Colombia 1994–present (8)
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1995–2004 (18)
NATO bombing of Yugoslavia 1999 (22+)
Afghanistan 2001– present (12,035)
Iraq War 2003 – present (36,395)

2 comments:

Borepatch said...

Wow, what a list of forgotten dead. Shameful that these are ignored, and thank you for posting this.

ambisinistral said...

I was surprised when I saw the list too.