By the numbers: U.S. war veterans

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  • World War II veterans are aging fast, and there are just under 2 million remaining in the U.S.
  • More than 16 million Americans served in the conflict from 1941 to 1945
  • The last World War I veteran died in February 2011 at age 110

There are still more than 1.7 million Americans alive who served in World War II, but that number is dwindling fast.

With much of the "Greatest Generation" now in their 80s and 90s, hundreds of these veterans are dying every day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

By the year 2036, the VA estimates, there will no longer be any living veterans from the conflict.

The last World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, died in February 2011.

Here's a look at who fought in past U.S. wars and who's still alive today:

American Revolution (1775-1783)
U.S. servicemembers: 184,000-250,000 (estimated)
Deaths: 4,435
Wounded: 6,188
Last veteran: Daniel F. Bakeman, died in 1869 at age 109

War of 1812 (1812-1815)
U.S. servicemembers: 286,730
Deaths: 2,260
Wounded: 4,505
Last veteran: Hiram Cronk, died in 1905 at age 105

    Indian Wars (approximately 1817-1898)
    U.S. servicemembers: 106,000 (estimated)
    Deaths: 1,000 (estimated)
    Last veteran: Fredrak Fraske, died in 1973 at age 101

    Mexican War (1846-1848)
    U.S. servicemembers: 78,718
    Deaths: 13,283
    Wounded: 4,152
    Last veteran: Owen Thomas Edgar, died in 1929 at age 98

    Civil War (1861-1865)
    Union servicemembers: 2,213,363
    Confederate servicemembers: 600,000-1,500,000 (estimated)
    Union deaths: 364,511
    Confederate deaths: 133,821 (estimated)
    Union wounded: 281,881
    Confederate wounded: Unknown
    Last veteran: John Salling, died in 1958 at age 112

    Spanish-American War (1898-1902)
    U.S. servicemembers: 306,760
    Deaths: 2,446 (385 in battle)
    Wounded: 1,662
    Last veteran: Nathan E. Cook, died in 1992 at age 106

    World War I (1917-1918)
    U.S. servicemembers: 4,734,991
    Deaths: 116,516 (53,402 in battle)
    Wounded: 204,002
    Last veteran: Frank Buckles, died in 2011 at age 110

    World War II (1941-1945)
    U.S. servicemembers: 16,112,566
    Deaths: 405,399 (291,557 in battle)
    Wounded: 670,846
    Estimated living veterans: 1,711,000

    Korean War (1950-1953)
    U.S. servicemembers: 5,720,000
    Deaths: 54,246 (36,574 in theater)
    Wounded: 103,284
    Estimated living veterans: 2,275,000

    Vietnam War (1964-1975)
    U.S. servicemembers: 8,744,000 (estimated 3,403,000 deployed)
    Deaths: 90,220 (58,220 in theater)
    Wounded: 153,303
    Estimated living veterans: 7,391,000

    Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)
    U.S. servicemembers: 2,322,000 (694,550 deployed)
    Deaths: 1,948 (383 in theater)
    Wounded: 467
    Estimated living veterans: 2,244,583 (2009 estimate, may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan)

    Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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