List of the lengths of American participation in major wars

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Length of U.S. conventional forces participation in major wars[edit]

WarDatesDurationTimeline
1.Vietnam War1955/11 – 1973/01 [1]17.2 years
(17 years, 3 months)
2.War in Afghanistan2001/10 – 2014/12[2]13.2 years
(13 years, 2 months)
3.Iraq War2003/03 – 2011/12[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]8.8 years
(8 years, 9 months)
4.American Revolutionary War1775/04 – 1783/098.4 years
(8 years, 5 months)
5.American Civil War1861/04 – 1865/044 years
6.World War II1941/12 – 1945/083.7 years
(3 years, 8 months)
7.Korean War1950/06 – 1953/073.1 years
(3 years 1 month)
8.War of 18121812/06 – 1814/122.5 years
(2 years, 6 months)
9.Mexican-American War1846/05 – 1848/021.8 years
(1 year, 10 months)
10.World War I1917/04 – 1918/111.6 years
(1 year, 7 months)
11.Spanish-American War1898/05 – 1898/120.6 years
(8 months)
12.Persian Gulf War1990/08 – 1991/02[10][11]0.5 years
(7 months)
13.Kosovo War1999/03 – 1999/060.3 years
(118 days)

(Ongoing wars indicated in bold and with orange bars.) Sources: Associated Press,[12] PBS[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/Presidential-Proclamation_10x15_Email_Version.pdf
  2. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/afghan-war-now-longest-war-us-history/story?id=10849303
  3. ^ US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,452 Wednesday, according to Associated Press count
  4. ^ US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,452
  5. ^ Dan Simpson Why can't we stop our wars?
  6. ^ Robert Gates' Pentagon Legacy: Unfinished Wars, Unfinished Budget Reform
  7. ^ Obama May Face Tough Decision as Iraqi Leader Signals U.S. Troops Could Stay
  8. ^ Pentagon rethinks Iraq pull-out plans
  9. ^ Iraq Withdrawal Date For U.S. Troops May Be Pushed Back Beyond 2011
  10. ^ http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/2012/08/03/our-longest-u-s-war-medical-treatments-for-gulf-war-illness-remain-elusive/
  11. ^ (33)The term “Persian Gulf War” means the period beginning on August 2, 1990, and ending on the date thereafter prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/38/101
  12. ^ U.S. Participation in Major Wars
  13. ^ a b PBS Frontline, A Kosovo Chronology
  14. ^ Declaration of war by the United States
  15. ^ War Powers Resolution
  16. ^ Herring, George C.: America's Longest War, p. 18.
  17. ^ Zinn, A People's History of the United States, p. 471.
  18. ^ Kolko, Gabriel Anatomy of War, pages 457, 461 ff., ISBN 1-898876-67-3
  19. ^ Delmendo 2004, p. 47.
  20. ^ Constantino 1975
  21. ^ Agoncillo 1990, p. 247
  22. ^ Iraq war is ending, with last troops out in 2011: Obama
  23. ^ 1991: 'Mother of all Battles' begins
  24. ^ [1]
  25. ^ Obama: Iraq war to end in 2011
  26. ^ Obama tells veterans that end of Iraq war is about to begin
  27. ^ Obama: 'The war is ending,' fulfilling campaign pledge
  28. ^ Obama Declares an End to Combat Mission in Iraq
  29. ^ US in Final Phase of Iraq War
  30. ^ Obama envoy secretly offered troops in Iraq after 2011
  31. ^ Kosovo Campaign Medal

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