Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart march in the 2015 Grafton Memorial Day Parade.

Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart march in the 2015 Grafton Memorial Day Parade.

Just how many West Virginians have served in America’s wars? The West Virginia Division of Culture and History put together a list of mow many Mountaineers have fought in each of the United States’ wars.

7. The Spanish-American War: 3,004

As measured from April 21 1898 through July 4, 1902.

6. The First Gulf War: 12,000

As measured from August 1, 1990 through the cessation of hostilities on April 11, 1991.

5. Vietnam: 36,578

As measured from August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975.

View of soldiers in front of buildings at Camp Willey on Wheeling Island in 1862. (West Virginia State Archives)

View of soldiers in front of buildings at Camp Willey on Wheeling Island in 1862. (West Virginia State Archives)

4. The Civil War: Estimated 40,000 to 46,000

As measured from April 12, 1861 through May 26, 1865. The State Archives estimates 20k-36k fought for the Union, while 10k-20k fought for the Confederacy.

3. World War I: 58,053

As measured from April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918, extended to 1 April 1920 for those who served in Russia.

2. The Korean War: 112,000

As measured from June 25, 1950 through January 31, 1955.

Troops learned mountain climbing at Seneca Rocks during World War II. (Courtesy A. Aubrey Bodine)

Troops learned mountain climbing at Seneca Rocks during World War II. (Courtesy A. Aubrey Bodine)

1. World War II: 233,985

As measured from December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946, extended to 25 July 1947 in some cases. A total of 5,830 West Virginians were killed in World War II according to the West Virginia Encyclopedia.

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