Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking.
-Sir Walter Scott
The cost of liberty is less than the cost of repression.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
-John F. Kennedy
On Memorial Day 2012 while we pause to reflect on the sacrifices made on behalf of this country over the years by soldiers and their families a listing of casualties since the Civil War provides a sobering picture of these sacrifices. Please remember for each casualty there was a family that was also a casualty.
These numbers are for all types of casualties, combat and non-combat
- Civil War: Union 30,222, Confederate 238,000
- World War I: 350,000
- World War II: 295, 000
- Korea: 169, 365
- Viet Nam: 58,156
- Iraq: 4474 (2003-2011)
- Afghanistan: 1982 (2001 to date)
The burden of fighting the OEF/OIF wars – Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan – has fallen upon the all volunteer forces of the regular forces, the National Guard and reserves.
Following is a listing of units and casualties for Iraq
- Army National Guard 501
- 1st Marine Division 472
- 2nd Marine Division 302
- 1st Cavalry Division 294
- 4th Infantry Division 228
- 1st Infantry Division 221
- 101st Airborne Division 204
- 25th Infantry Division 163
- 82nd Airborne Division 149
- 10th Mountain Division 142
- 2nd Infantry Division 115
- 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment 114
- Army Special Forces 107
- 3rd Marine Division 99
- 2nd Stryker Regiment 50
- 177nd Brigade Combat Team 26
- 75th Ranger Regiment 19
- Navy Special Warfare 12
- 173rd Airborne Brigade 9
Marin County Casualties
Jake Velloza from Inverness, served in the First Cavalry Division.
Nick Olson from Novato, served in the Second Infantry Division
THANK YOU AMERICAN SOLDIERS, MARINES, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND COASTGUARDSMEN – YOU ARE RAPIDLY BECOMING OUR SECOND GREATEST GENERATION