(1941-1946 U.S. Involvement)
Major Campaigns and Deaths
Philippines (10/44-7/45) 20,569
Philippines (12/41-5/42) 15,386
Okinawa/Ryukyus, Japan (3/45-7/45) 12,183
Iwo Jima, Japan (2/45-3/45) 6,922
New Guinea, Papua, New Guinea (1/43-12/44) 4,684
Guadalcanal, Solomons (8/42-2/43) 4,407
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (12/7/41) 2,403
Rhineland, Germany (9/44-3/45) 50,410
Ardennes-Alsace, Belgium, France,
Luxembourg (12/44-1/45) 19,246
Northern France (7/44-9/44) 17,844
Normandy, France (6/44-7/44) 16,293
Central Europe-Germany, Austria,
Czechoslovakia (3/45-5/45) 15,009
Rome-Arno, Italy (1/44-9/44) 11,393
Military Service Personnel
In Theater Deaths 291,557
Deaths in Service 113,842
Wounded in Service 671,846
Missing in Action 78,773
Illinois Deaths 22,283
Illinois Missing in Action 1,310
Kane County Deaths 565
Kane County Facts
Seven (7) Pearl Harbor Casualties
One (1) Congressional Medal of Honor
Recipient - Walter E. Truemper
Sixty-nine (69) Missing in Action
Youngest County Casualties - Ages 15 & 17
1941 - Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The United States declared war.
1942 - American B17s staged their first bombing raid on Germany.
1944 - Allied Forces invaded the European continent along the Normandy coast of northern France, a massive campaign known as D-Day.
1945 - Germany surrendered.
1945 - The United States dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrendered.
Over 105 million men served in uniform in all combatant countries (1939-1946).
Over 15 million died on active service, and civilian deaths are estimated at between 26 and 34 million.
Military conflicts were fought on every continent except Central and South America.
Depicted on Relief
Paratroopers parachuting into Europe.
Soldiers loading a bazooka.
Aircraft carrier with aircraft secured on deck traveling through the ocean.
Sherman tank advancing into combat.
Submarine breaking the ocean's surface
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
General George S. Patton Jr.