To All U.S. Veterans: Thank You For Your Service!

The flag of these United States of America! (image)ESC of Greater Ohio would like to take this time to thank our Veterans for their ultimate sacrifices made during the various foreign wars and conflicts that we as a nation  have endured.  No words can express the gratitude that every history-aware citizen must or should feel when the number of casualties and deaths are closely examined. Rest assure that your personal sacrifice is deeply felt and greatly appreciated! (https://wp.me/p97JNV-1Dc)

John Larkin (image)“To all my Comrades at Arms, thank you to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country to allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have today!” –John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio.

 

The following statistics show us all the sacrifice and enormous price that our society has paid:

Casualties and Deaths in U.S. Wars

WWI – Casualties: 320,518, Deaths: 116,516
WWII – Casualties: 1,076,245, Deaths: 405,399
Korean War – Casualties: 92,134, Deaths: 36,516
Vietnam Conflict – Casualties: 211,454, Deaths: 58,209
Gulf War – Casualties: 1,143, Deaths: 294
Afghanistan – Casualties: 22,266, Deaths: 2,216
Iraq – Casualties: 36,710, Deaths: 4,497

The following is taken from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war

Pic from John Larkin's years as a fire fighter and fire inspector at RAF Greenway Common from 84-91: John Larkin with Nemiah Barnett.
This pic is from John Larkin’s years as a fire fighter and fire inspector at RAF Greenway Common from 84-91: John Larkin with Nemiah Barnett.

c. ^ Civil War: All Union casualty figures, and Confederate killed in action, from The Oxford Companion to American Military History except where noted (NPS figures).[20] estimate of total Confederate dead from James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom (Oxford University Press, 1988), 854. Newer estimates place the total death toll at 650,000 to 850,000.[88] 148 of the Union dead were U.S. Marines.[92][93]
ca. ^ Civil War April 2, 2012 Doctor David Hacker after extensive research offered new casualty rates higher by 20%; his work has been accepted by the academic community and is represented here.

d. ^ World War I figures include expeditions in North Russia and Siberia. See also World War I casualties
da.^ World War II Note: as of March 31, 1946 there were an estimated 286,959 dead of whom 246,492 were identified; of 40,467 who were unidentified 18,641 were located {10,986 reposed in military cemeteries and 7,655 in isolated graves} and 21,826 were reported not located. As of April 6, 1946 there were 539 American Military Cemeteries which contained 241,500 dead. Note the American Battle Monuments Commission database for the World War II reports that in 18 ABMC Cemeteries total of 93,238 buried and 78,979 missing and that “The World War II database on this web site contains the names of those buried at our cemeteries, or listed as Missing in Action, buried or lost at sea. It does not contain the names of the 233,174 Americans returned to the United States for burial…” Similarly, the ABMC Records do not cover inter-war deaths such as the Port Chicago disaster in which 320 died. As of June 2018 total of US World War II casualties listed as MIA is 72,823[94]

This pic is from John Larkin's years as a fire fighter and fire inspector at RAF Greenway Common from 84-91: John Larkin with nemiah Barnett and James Ediger.
This pic is from John Larkin’s years as a fire fighter and fire inspector at RAF Greenway Common from 84-91: John Larkin with nemiah Barnett and James Ediger.

e. ^ Korean War: Note:[20] gives Dead as 33,746 and Wounded as 103, 284 and MIA as 8,177. The American Battle Monuments Commission database for the Korean War reports that “The Department of Defense reports that 54,246 American service men and women lost their lives during the Korean War. This includes all losses worldwide. Since the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. honors all U.S. Military who lost their lives during the War, we have tried to obtain the names of those who died in other areas besides Korea during the period June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954, one year after the Korean Armistice…”. {For a breakdown of Worldwide casualties of 54,246 see The Korean War educator at [95] gives figures as In-theatre/non theater} After their retreat in 1950, dead Marines and soldiers were buried at a temporary gravesite near Hungnam, North Korea. During “Operation Glory” which occurred from July to November 1954 the dead of each side were exchanged; remains of 4,167 US soldiers/Marines were exchanged for 13,528 North Korean/Chinese dead.[96] After “Operation Glory” 416 Korean War “unknowns” were buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery. (scroll down to continue reading please)

This pic is from John Larkin's years as a fire fighter and fire inspector at RAF Greenway Common from 84-91.
This pic is from John Larkin’s years as a fire fighter and fire inspector at RAF Greenway Common from 84-91.

According to a DPMO white paper.[97] 1,394 names were also transmitted during “Operation Glory” from the Chinese and North Koreans, of whom 858 names proved to be correct; of the 4,167 returned remains were found to be 4,219 individuals of whom 2,944 were found to be Americans of whom all but 416 were identified by name. Of 239 Korean War unaccounted for: 186 not associated with Punchbowl unknowns (176 were identified and of the remaining 10 cases 4 were non-Americans of Asiatic descent; one was British; 3 were identified and 2 cases unconfirmed); Of 10 Korean War “Punchbowl Unknowns” 6 were identified. The W.A. Johnson listing of 496 POWs – including 25 civilians[98] – who died in North Korea can be found here and there[99]
Listed as MIA: 7,683[94]
ea. ^ Cold War – Korea and Vietnam and Middle East-additional US Casualties:
⦁ North Korea {Cold War} 1959: 1968–69; 1976; 1984 killed 41; Wounded 5; 82 captured/released.⦁ [100]
USS Liberty incident 1967 killed 34; Wounded 173 by Israeli armed forces
Vietnam War prior to 1964-US Casualties were Laos – 2 killed in 1954; and Vietnam 1946–1954 – 2 killed see;⦁ [101]

f. ^ Iraq War. See also Casualties of the Iraq War. Sources: .[102]

g. ^ Afghanistan. Casualties include those that occurred in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Yemen.

In closing, ESC thanks each and every one of you who have your best and those that gave their all in service to this great nation, these United States of America! —John Larkin, Retired USAF!

Thank you to all our Veterans!