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World War One to Kosovo
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  Total WWI WWII Korean Vietnam Persian Gulf Somalia Bosnia Kosovo
Captured and Interned 142,233 4,120 130,201 7,140 725 21 1 0 3
Died While POW 17,004 147 14,072 2,701 64 0 0 0 0
Refused Repatriation 21 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0
Returned to U.S. Military Control 125,206 3,973 116,129 4,418 661 21 1 0 3
Missing / Un-accounted for 92,444 3,350 78,750 8,215 2,129 -- -- -- --
Alive on January 1, 1982 93,030 633 87,996 3,770 631 ----- ----- ----- -----
Alive on January 1, 2003 39,029 0 36,145 2,264 595 21 1 0 3


VETERAN POPULATION
As of the end of 2009


War Veterans By Conflict Number Alive
WWI (28 July 1914 - 11 November 1918) None
WWII (Sept. 1940 to July 1947) 4,294,000
Korea (June 1950 to Jan. 1955) 4,045,521
Vietnam (Aug. 1964 to April 1975) 8,380,356
May 1975 to Aug. 1980 2,775,492
Sept. 1980 to July 1990 3,806,602
Gulf War I (Aug. 1990 to Sept. 2001) 3,024,503
Gulf War II (Sept. 2001 to 2009) 1,682,349
All Veterans: 21,848,693


Last Veterans
According to
DoD statistics


 AgeDeath Year
American Revolution 17761091869
War of 18121051905
Mexican War 1848981929
Civil War (North) 1861112 1958
Civil War (South) 1861 112 1958
Indian Wars 1869-1890 101 1973
Spanish-American War 18981061992


Last Living Veterans of America's Wars

American Revolution (1775 - 1783)

      Last veteran, Daniel F. Bakeman, died 4/5/1869, age 109
      Last widow, Catherine S. Damon, died 11/11/1906, age 92
      Last dependent, Phoebe M. Palmeter, died 4/25/1911, age 90

War of 1812 (1812 - 1815)

      Last veteran, Hiram Cronk, died 5/13/1905, age 105
      Last widow, Carolina King, died 6/28/1936, age unknown
      Last dependent, Esther A. H. Morgan, died 3/12/1946, age 89

Indian Wars (c. 1861 - 1898)

      Last veteran, Fredrak Fraske, died 6/18/1973, age 101

Mexican War (1846 - 1848)

      Last veteran, Owen Thomas Edgar, died 9/3/1929, age 98
      Last widow, Lena James Theobald, died 6/20/1963, age 89
      Last dependent, Jesse G. Bivens, died 11/1/1962, age 94

Civil War (1861 - 1865)

      Last Union veteran, Albert Woolson, died 8/2/1956, age 109
      Last Confederate veteran, John Salling, died 3/16/1958, age 112

Spanish-American War (1898)

      Last veteran, Nathan E. Cook, died 9/10/1992, age 106


Last Civil War Widows

The last-known Union widow, Gertrude Janeway, died in Jan. 2003 in Tennessee. John Janeway joined the Union army in 1864 and was briefly a POW at Andersonville. The couple married in 1927, after waiting three years until Gertrude turned 18. John was 81.

The person thought to be the last-known Confederate widow, Alberta Martin, was born Dec, 4, 1906, and died at age 97 in Alabama on May 31, 2004. In 1927, at age 21, she married William Jasper Martin, then 81. Martin joined the Confederate army in May 1864. Upon her husband's death, she married his grandson from his first marriage.

The publicity surrounding Alberta Martin's death prompted relatives of Maudie Celia Hopkins of Arkansas to reveal that the 89-year-old was in fact the last civil war widow. Hopkins married 86-year-old William Cantrell on Feb. 2, 1934, when she was 19. She did so to escape poverty, but kept quiet about the unusual marriage, "I thought people would gossip about it." Cantrell, who served in the Virginia Infantry, supported her with his Confederate pension of "$25 every two or three months" until his death in 1937. Hopkins has outlived three other husbands.



Veterans of U.S. Wars and Their Dependents

Veterans' benefits have existed since the birth of our nation. As of September 2011, over three million veterans, their dependents, and survivors of deceased veterans are receiving VA benefits and services.

The last dependent of a Revolutionary War veteran died in 1911; the War of 1812's last dependent died in 1946; and the last dependent of the Mexican War died in 1962. Some 63 children and 50 widows of Spanish-American War veterans are receiving benefits today. There are, in fact, 2 children of Civil War veterans who still draw VA benefits.

  Veterans Children Parents Surviving Spouses
Civil War   2    
Spanish-American War   63   50
Mexican Border 1900-1917   10   22
World War I   2,371   2,734
World War II 269,418 11,185 29 210,696
Korean War 206,502 2,347 105 65,900
Vietnam War 1,325,941 4,051 2,228 91,488
Gulf Wars 1,214,715 3,220 1,231 19,941
Total wartime 16,962,0003      
Nonservice-connected 313,660 12,416   189,433
Service-connected 3,354,740 12,364 4,514 338,565
Children connotes a minor or a dependent adult.