Here are some interesting facts listed about World War II, regarding the U.S Military.
- The number of U.S. armed forces personnel who served in World War II between Dec. 1, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946 was 16.1 million.
- The average length of active-duty by U.S. military personnel during WWII was 33 months.
- The proportion of U.S. military personnel who served abroad during WWII was 73%.
- The average time U.S. personnel served overseas during WWII was 16 months.
- The number of U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines killed in battle in WWII was 292,000.
- The number of other deaths sustained by U.S. forces during WWII was 114,000.
- The number of U.S. troops wounded during WWII was 671,000
- 5.7 million World War II veterans were counted in Census 2000. The census identified the period of service for World War II veterans as September 1940 to July 1947.
- The estimated number of WWII veterans living in California in 2002 was 475,000, the most in any state. Other states with high numbers of WWII vets included Florida (439,000), New York (284,000), Pennsylvania (280,000), Texas (267,000) and Ohio (208,000).
- The proportion of WWII veterans among the Clearwater, Fla., civilian population age 18 and over in 2000 was 5.4%. Other large places (100,000 or more population) with high concentrations of WWII vets were: Cape Coral, Fla. (5.1 percent), Oceanside, Calif. (4.3 percent); and Scottsdale, Ariz.; Pueblo, Colo., Metairie, La., St. Petersburg, Fla.; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Mesa, Ariz.; and Independence, Mo. (all around 4 percent).
- The estimated number of women in 2002 who were WWII veterans was 210,000. These women comprised 4.4 percent of WWII vets.
- The proportion of all veterans in April 2000 who were WWII veterans was 22%.
- The median age of WWII veterans when the last census was conducted was 76.7.
- The number of WWII veterans in 2002 who received compensation for service-connected disabilities was 440,000, about half the number in 1990 (876,000) and nearly two-thirds less than the nearly 1.2 million disabled WWII vets in 1980.
- The projected national expenditure for veteran’s benefits in 2004 was $62 billion.
Data source: U.S. Census Bureau