There is one certainty in any Military conflict. People will die, loved ones will be lost. It is a fact that every soldier understands and accepts which makes Military service such an honorable thing.
Over the years, the United Stated has been in some major conflicts. Some, have been deadlier than others however. So, which ones rank as the deadliest? Let’s take a look.
#1 The Civil War
You should have been able to guess that this would be the deadliest war in history because of the scale of the conflict. Although records of Confederate deaths is a bit sketchy, it is estimated that nearly 500,000 Americans (North & South) would lose their lives. Nearly 8000 would die at Gettysburg alone. The incomprehensible number of killed in action and due to related causes make it the deadliest conflict in US history.
#2 World War 2
Just over 400,000 soldiers would die during this conflict. With multiple fronts and an enemy that often did not care about their own casualty rate, it would be hard to prevent a massive toll on US forces.
#3 World War 1
With the use of trench warfare you would think that this war would have ranked higher on the list but it still racked up a toll in American casualties. Over 100,000 Americans would lose their lives in the war. A war that would resolve little and eventually lead to another, even greater conflict.
#4 The Vietnam War
With almost 60,000 deaths, the war in Vietnam comes in at number four. This number includes fatalities back from the start of conflict in the era, the mid fifties. This number is particularly hard to swallow because of the ultimate outcome of the conflict. So many soldiers losing their life for a lost cause.
#5 The Korean War
Just over 35000 soldiers would lose their life in this war. While the war did end in a stalemate, it also slowed communist advancement in the region.
There you have it, the five most deadliest conflicts in US Military history. With a little luck, there will never be a conflict that knocks one of these lower on the list.