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A U.S. serviceman’s chance of death in battle (1775-1991)

March 7, 2011

From Nicholas Hobbes’ Essential Militaria (2003)

  • War of Independence: 2 percent (1 in 50)
  • War of 1812: 0.8 percent (1 in 127)
  • Indian Wars: 0.9 percent (1 in 106)
  • Mexican War: 2.2 percent (1 in 45)
  • Civil War: 6.7 percent (1 in 15)
  • Spanish-American War: 0.1 percent (1 in 798)
  • World War I: 1.1 percent (1 in 89)
  • World War II: 1.8 percent (1 in 56)
  • Korean War: 0.6 percent (1 in 171)
  • Vietnam War: 0.5 percent (1 in 185)
  • Persian Gulf War: 0.03 percent (1 in 3,162)

Via Futility Closet

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  1. March 18, 2011 10:36 pm

    I would be very interested to know what the chances are in Afghanistan and the current Iraq war..interesting

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