U.S. deaths in battles, disasters

Terrorism Strikes America

The Nation

September 17, 2001

U.S. battle deaths

World War II, 1940-1945 .............................. 291,557

Civil War (all forces), 1861-1865 .................. 214,938

World War I, 1917-1918 .................................. 53,402

Vietnam War, 1964-1975 ................................ 47,410

Korean War, 1950-1953 .................................. 33,686

Revolutionary War, 1775-1783 ......................... 4,435

War of 1812, 1812-1815 ................................... 2,260

Mexican War, 1846-1848 .................................. 1,733

Indian Wars, 1817-1898 ................................... 1,000

Spanish-American War, 1898 .............................. 385

Persian Gulf war, 1991 ......................................... 148

U.S. natural disasters Storms

Hurricane, Galveston, Texas, 1900 ................... 6,000

Hurricane, South Florida, 1928 ......................... 1,836

Hurricane David, 1979 ...................................... 1,100

Floods

Johnstown, Pa., 1889 ........................................ 2,209

Lake Okeechobee, Fla., 1928 ............................ 2,000

Earthquakes

San Francisco, 1906 ............................................. 700

Northridge, Calif., 1994 ........................................... 61

Recent anti-U.S. terrorism *

Pan Am Flight 103, Scotland, 1988 ...................... 270

U.S. Marine barracks, Beirut, 1983 ...................... 241

U.S. embassies, Kenya and Tanzania, 1998 ......... 224

Federal building, Oklahoma City, 1995 .................. 168

U.S. Embassy, Beirut, 1983 .................................... 63

USS Cole, 2000 ....................................................... 17

World Trade Center, 1993 .......................................... 6

* The State Department regards any terrorist incident that kills American citizens as anti-U.S., but many foreign nationals also have died in these incidents.

Sources: State Department, news accounts, Department of Veterans Affairs, World Almanac

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