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Every American war death since 1914, in one chart

The purpose of Memorial day focuses on those who lost their lives while serving in the US armed forces.

And that cost has been enormous over the past century. Inspired by Poppy Field, a data visualization of all war deaths since 1900, we built this chart showing the death toll of the seven biggest American conflicts since 1914, along with total military deaths resulting from the conflicts:

US War Deaths

Anand Katakam for Vox/Data from Polynation War Memorial

The graphic only shows deaths in larger conflicts, excluding smaller engagements in which American troops lost their lives.