Conflicts

 

“Archidamus gave a great defeat to the Arcadians, in the fight known by the name of the Tearless Battle, in which there was a great slaughter of the enemy without the loss of one Spartan . . . The old men and the women marched out as far as the river Eurotas, lifting up their hands, and thanking the gods that Sparta was now cleared again of the disgrace and indignity that had befallen her, and once more saw the light of day.”
— Plutarch

As of this writing (March 2008) the United States had just turned 231 years of age. It has not been a peaceful two and one-third centuries. Prior to the Revolutionary War, from 1622-1774, a period of 152 years, there were no fewer than nine wars between the European colonists and various Indian tribes. These wars were mostly along the eastern seaboard but also occurred in the Ohio Valley and in Arizona – New Mexico. In addition to the Indians the combatants included the British, French, and the Spanish.

While savage and bloody, good records were not kept and attempting to establish a casualty count would be sheer speculation.

UNITED STATES MILITARY CONFLICTS

The Early Years

Primary
Name
Dates
(U.S. Only)
Approximate
Length
TypePrimary
Opponent(s)
American Revolution1775-17838 yearsRevolutionGreat Britain
The Indian Wars1775-1890115 years (Sporatic)Wars of ConquestNative Tribes/Nations
Shay’s Rebellion1786-17871 yearRebellion Against Mass.Anti-state Rebels
The Whiskey Rebellion1794Less than 1 yearRebellion Against Penn.Anti-state-tax Rebels
Quasi-War w/ France1798-18002 yearsInter-state Naval WarFrance
Fries’s Rebellion1799Less than 1 yearRebellion in PennsylvaniaAnti-tax Rebels
The Barbary Wars1800-181515 yearsInter-State WarThe Barbary States
(Tripoli, Algiers & Morocco)
The War of 18121812-18153 yearsInter-State WarGreat Britain

The Growing Years

Primary
Name
Dates
(U.S. Only)
Approximate
Length
TypePrimary
Opponent(s)
Mexican - American War1846-18483 yearsInter-StateMexico
U.S. Slave Rebellion1800-186565 years
Sporatic
Slave RebellionsVarious Slave Groups
"Bleeding Kansas"1855-18605 yearsCivil War (Kansas)Pro v Anti-Slave Kansans
Brown's Raid - Harper's Ferry18591 dayRebellionAnti-Slave Rebels
U.S. Civil War1861-18654 yearsCivil WarUnited v Confederate States

The Expansionist Years

Primary
Name
Dates
(U.S. Only)
Approximate
Length
TypePrimary
Opponent(s)
U.S. Intervention in Hawaiian Revolution1893Under 1 yearInternal Rebellion & Foreign InterventionHawaiian Government
Spanish - American War1898Under 1 yearInter-State WarSpain
U.S. Intervention in Samoan Civil War1898-18991 yearCivil War & Foreign InterventionSamoan Faction
U.S. - Philippine War1899-19023 yearsColonial WarThe Philippines
Boxer Rebellion1900Under 1 yearInternal Rebellion & Foreign InterventionChinese Government & “Boxer” Rebels
The Moro Wars1901-191312 yearsColonial WarsPhilippine Muslim Rebels
U.S. Intervention in Panamanian Revolution1903Under 1 yearSecessionist Revolution & Foreign InterventionColumbia
The Banana Wars1909-193323 yearsCivil Wars & Foreign InterventionVarious Rebel Groups in Central America

The Global Years

Primary
Name
Dates
(U.S. Only)
Approximate
Length
TypePrimary
Opponent(s)
U.S. Occupation of Vera Cruz1914Under 1 yearInter-State WarMexico
Pershing's Raid Into Mexico1916-19171 yearInter-State, Border WarMexican Gov't. & Mexican Rebels (Bandits)
World War I1917-19181 1/3 yearsInter-State WarGermany & Its Allies
Allied Intervention in Russian Civil War1919-19212 yearsCivil War & Foreign InterventionRussian Bolshevik (Soviet) Government
World War II1941-19453 2/3 yearsInter-State WarGermany, Japan, Italy & their Allies
The Cold War1945-199147 yearsGlobal Inter-State Cold WarThe U.S.S.R. & Communist China
The Korean War1950-19533 yearsInter-State WarNorth Korea & Communist China
The Vietnam War1956-197521 yearsCivil War, Inter-State WarNorth Viet Nam & South Viet Nam Rebels (Viet Cong)
U.S. Intervention in Lebanon1958Under 1 yearCivil War & Foreign InterventionU.S. Support of Lebanese Government
Dominican Intervention1965Under 1 yearCivil War & Foreign InterventionDominican Republic Rebels
Mayaguez Rescue Operation15-May-751 dayHostage Rescue & Inter-State ConflictKhmer Rouge Guerrillas (new Cambodian Government)
Iranian Hostage Crisis & Rescue Attempt: Desert One or Operation Eagle Claw25-Apr-801 dayHostage Rescue & Inter-State ConflictIran
U.S. Libya Conflict1981 & 1986Under 1 yearInter-State WarLibya
U.S. Intervention in Lebanon1982-19842 yearsCivil War, Foreign Intervention, & Inter-State WarSyria & Various Muslim and Leftist Lebanese Rebels
U.S. Invasion of Grenada1983Inter-State WarMarxist Grenadian Faction & Cuba
The Tanker War - "Operation Earnest Will"1987-19881 yearInter-State WarIran
U.S. Invasion of Panama1989Under 1 yearInter-State WarPanama
Persian Gulf War - "Operation Desert Storm"1991Under 1 yearInter-State WarIraq
"No-Fly Zone" War1991-200312 yearsInter-State WarIraq
U.S. Intervention in Somalia1992-1994Under 2 yearsCivil War & Foreign InterventionVarious Somali Militias
NATO Intervention in Bosnia - "Operation Deliberate Force"1994-19951 yearCivil War, Foreign Intervention, & Inter-State WarBosnian-Serb Rebels
U.S. Occupation of Haiti1994Under 1 yearForeign InterventionHaitian Government
U.S.Embassy bombings & strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan (The bin Laden War)August, 19981 monthTerrorist Conflictal-Qaida bombings in Kenya & Tanzania. Retaliation in Afghanistan & Sudan.
Operation Desert FoxDec-981 monthInter-State WarIrag
Kosovo War1999Under 1 yearCivil War, Foreign Intervention, & Inter-State War.Yugoslavia/ Serbia
Attack on U.S.S. Cole12-Oct-001 dayTerrorist Conflictal-Qaida (Osama bin Laden)
Attack on World Trade Center & Pentagon11-Sep-011 dayTerrorist Conflictal-Qaida (Osama bin Laden)
Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom)7 October 2001 to PresentNearly six years to dateWar against radical Muslimsal-Qaida (Osama bin Laden) & The Taliban
Third Persian Gulf War (Operation Iraqi Freedom)19 March 2003 to PresentNearly 4 1/2 years to date.Inter-State WarIraq
Intervention in Haiti4-Mar1 monthForeign Intervention in a Civil ConflictHaiti
Intervention in Somali Civil WarDecember 2006-January 2007Under 2 monthsForeign Intervention in a Civil ConflictThe Islamic Courts Union & al-Qaida

Definition of a Veteran

A veteran – whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’, for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
— Author Unknown *

The United States military has been in a conflict or war, or cold war, for almost the entire history of the Republic. Thank the veteran for getting us through thus far.