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Death Watch

October 09, 2005|Stephen W. Stromberg

U.S. casualties in selected battles:

Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45

76,890

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Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

51,000

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Battle of Hue, 1968

1,004

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Second Battle of Fallouja, 2004

694

*

Average American casualties per day:

World War II

790

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Civil War

665

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Vietnam War

97

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Operation Iraqi Freedom

18

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Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)

0.6

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On the home front (deaths per day):

Smoking-related illnesses

1,205

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Car accidents

117

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Flu

98

-- Stephen W. Stromberg

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