Coast Guard History

Frequently Asked Questions


 

In what wars and conflicts did personnel from the Coast Guard or one of its predecessors serve in and what were the casualties in each?

 

War Number Served Deaths in Action Wounded Total Casualties POWs
Quasi-War with France unknown unknown unknown unknown 0
War of 1812 100 (?) unknown unknown unknown 86
Mexican War 71 officers unknown unknown unknown 0
Civil War 219 officers 1 unknown unknown 0
Spanish-American War 660 1 0 1 0
World War I 8,835 111 * unknown unknown 0
World War II 241,093 574  ** unknown 1,917 4
Korean War 8,500 *** 0 0 0 0
Vietnam War 8,000 7 60 67 0
Mayaguez Incident 8 ****  0 0 0 0
Grenada: Operation Urgent Fury 162 0 0 0 0
Panama: Operation Just Cause 9***** 0 0 0 0
Operations Desert Shield / Storm 400 0 0 0 0
Kosovo 100 0 0 0 0
Operation Enduring Freedom ~20 0 0 0 0
Operation Iraqi Freedom 1,250 1 1 2 0

 

* = 81 Coast Guard deaths from other causes, i.e. crashes, accidents, disease or drowning.

**= 1,343 Coast Guard deaths from other causes, i.e. crashes, accidents, disease or drowning.

***= Approximate number of Coast Guardsmen who were eligible for the Korean Service Medal.  

****= Crewmen on board HC-130B CG-1339 & one Coast Guard officer participating in the USCG-USN Exchange Program on board USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074).

*****= There were six personnel from Group Miami LEDET who were stationed aboard the USS Vreeland (FF-1068) which was conducting CN operations when the ship was diverted for Operation Just Cause.  Three others were assigned permanently to Panama and were also involved in the conflict.  No casualties were incurred.


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