Historical Perspective: Oregonians Who Died in War, By the Numbers

Oregon Service in U.S. Military
(By Major War or Conflict)*

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (1861-1865)

U.S. Total:
2,100,000 served
411,000 died

Oregonians:
1,812 served
48 died

SPANISH/AMERICAN WAR (1898)

U.S. Total:
280,000 served
2,446 died

Oregonians:
1,020 served
none died

PHILIPPINE/AMERICAN WAR (1899-1902)

U.S. Total:
125,000 served
4,196 died

Oregonians:
1,600 served
63 died

World War I (1917-1918)

U.S. Total:
4,700,000 served
116,516 died

Oregonians:
44,166 served
1,030 died

World War II (1941-1945)

U.S. Total:
16,112,566 served
407,316 died

Oregonians:
150,000 served
3,832 died

Korean WAR (1950-1953)

U.S. Total:
1,789,000 served
36,914 died

Oregonians:
74,000 served
283 died

Viet Nam WAR (1955-1975)

U.S. Total:
3,000,000 served
58,318 died/
1,579 MIA

Oregonians:
57,000 served
777 died/
28 MIA

IRAQ WAR (2003-11); WAR IN IRAQ (2013-17)

U.S. Total:
1,500,000+ served
4,586 died

Oregonians:
6,000 served
74 died

Oregonians who died in war
Flag in North Plains Oregon at half staff on Memorial Day.

*Research to complete this post is in progress…please stay tuned!

It is very difficult to pin down exact numbers for U.S. military casualties related to particular conflicts. Reliable information about military operations–which often occur over large areas and periods of time–is widely scattered and/or otherwise hard to obtain. The U.S. military does not even disclose data on its intelligence and special operations missions. The United States may also sometimes declare a war or major conflict over, withdraw combat troops, but maintain a small military presence to deal with residual hostility within the war/conflict zone. Unless otherwise indicated, above statistics represent deaths of U.S. military personnel as a direct result of involvement in the theater/region where the war occurred (as opposed to anywhere worldwide) during the period of the indicated war/conflict.

References:
– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_in_the_American_Civil_War
– Oregon Civil War History
– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Oregon_Volunteer_Infantry_Regiment
– https//www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/oregon_unit_in_the_phillipines/
– https://sos.oregon.gov/archives/exhibits/ww1/Pages/active-overview.aspx
– https://www.oregoncapitalinsider.com/news/final-victory-world-war-ii-75-years-later/article
– https://www.census.gov/history/www/homepage_archive/2017/june_2017.html
– https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-many-americans-died-in-korea/
https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna48415369
– Iraq Coalition Casualty Count
– https://www.governing.com/archive/military-civilian-active-duty-employee-workforce-numbers-by-state.html

Memorial Day and Bipartisanship

This is a day to begin to act on the sense of connection we feel to others–to actually unite through service

There is a special power in Memorial Day to bring us together as Americans in these turbulent times. Ultimately, it is a day to not merely talk and think about what unites us at the deepest level. It’s a day to begin to act on the sense of connection we feel to others–to actually unite through service. This is a page that seeks to show American bipartisanship in action around Memorial Day.

We begin with a journalistic story today about how all veterans in U.S. Congress unite yearly on Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C.:

Memorial Day and Bipartisanship

On this page, let’s continue to share more stories like the one above. After all, concrete examples of true bipartisan service are so important. They are templates and take off points. They help us relearn the basic lessons of service.

Just as we mourn our fallen service members together and honor their legacy together, so too can we still find ways to work constructively together. Through every public service from the heart, we can make things better for our communities and each other.