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Number of WWII veterans is dwindling

The men and women who served our country during World War II are leaving us rapidly. Veterans from this era are dwindling in numbers as time marches forward.

In 2013 there were more than 1.7 million Americans alive who served in World War II, but according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 620,000 American veterans from the war are estimated to still be alive as of 2016.

Over 16.5 million men and women served in the armed forces during World War II, of whom 291,557 died in battle, 113,842 died from other causes, and 670,846 were wounded.

With much of the “Greatest Generation” now in their 80s and 90s, hundreds of these veterans are dying every day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Within 20 years, the VA estimates, there will no longer be any living veterans from the conflict.

Here’s a look at who fought in war era conflicts and who’s still alive today:

World War I (1917-1918) 

U.S. servicemembers: 4,734,991

Deaths: 116,516 (53,402 in battle)

Wounded: 204,002

Last veteran: Frank Buckles, died in 2011 at age 110

World War II (1941-1945) 

U.S. servicemembers: 16,112,566

Deaths: 405,399 (291,557 in battle)

Wounded: 670,846

Estimated living veterans: 620,000

Korean War (1950-1953) 

U.S. servicemembers: 5,720,000

Deaths: 54,246 (36,574 in theater)

Wounded: 103,284

Estimated living veterans: 2,275,000

Vietnam War (1964-1975) 

U.S. servicemembers: 8,744,000 (estimated 3,403,000 deployed)

Deaths: 90,220 (58,220 in theater)

Wounded: 153,303

Estimated living veterans: 7,391,000

Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991) 

U.S. servicemembers: 2,322,000 (694,550 deployed)

Deaths: 1,948 (383 in theater)

Wounded: 467

Estimated living veterans: 2,244,583 (2009 estimate, may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan)

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  1. LEON LORAN HEADRICK #

    my. Father today on the 23rd. of August is being honored by the V.F.W. and I thank them for this honor. My Father is 94 yrs. Old and fought the Germans in Germany under Gen. Patton. He was decorated but doesnt talk that much about His experiences and I dont blame Him. We LOVE YOU DAD and always will. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR LOVE AND AFFECTION DURING MY GROWING UP YEARS. YOU AND THE MILLIONS LIKE YOU HAVE PASSED AND ANYONE THAT HAD A FATHER OR MOTHER THAT SAVED OUR COUNTRY GOD BLESS YOU AND OUR COUNTRY. ITS TIME TO REFLECT ON THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRUE HEROS NOT THE ONES ON T.V. OR THE MOVIE THEATER. THESE PEOPLE TRUELY RISKED THEIR LIVES FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. GOD BLESS THOSE THAT SERVED IN ANY WAR AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    August 23, 2017

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