Surviving U.S. veterans of World War II

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Number of U.S. Veterans

16,112,566 individuals were members of the United States armed forces during World War II. There were 291,557 battle deaths, 113,842 other deaths in service (non-theater), and 670,846 non-mortal woundings. In November 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that approximately 1,462,809 American veterans from this war were still living.[1]

Medal of Honor Recipients

During this conflict 464 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor, 266 of them posthumously. Additionally, the only Medal of Honor recipient in the history of the United States Coast Guard received the Medal for his actions during this war.[2] As of December 17, 2012, there were eleven living World War II Medal of Honor recipients.[3]


The Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that in 2011, 670 American World War II veterans died every day.[4] The median age for a World War II veteran in June 2011 was 92 years.[4]

Survivors Associations

There are numerous U.S. World War II survivors associations. Some include allied veterans as well. Among the more well-known are: American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Normandy Veterans Association, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, and the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society.

See also

Other US wars

Specific groups