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Length of U.S. official participation in major wars

War Dates Duration Timeline
1. War in Afghanistan 2001/10 - present 8.4 years
(8 years, 5 months)
2. Vietnam War 1964/08 - 1973/01 8.4 years
(8 years, 5 months)
3. Iraq War 2003/03 - present 7 years
(6 years)
4. American Revolutionary War 1776/07 - 1783/04 6.7 years
(6 years, 9 months)
5. American Civil War 1861/04 - 1865/04 4 years
6. World War II 1941/12 - 1945/08 3.7 years
(3 years, 8 months)
7. Korean War 1950/06 - 1953/07 3.1 years
(3 years 1 month)
8. War of 1812 1812/06 - 1814/12 2.5 years
(2 years, 6 months)
9. Mexican-American War 1846/05 - 1848/02 1.8 years
(1 year, 10 months)
10. World War I 1917/04 - 1918/11 1.6 years
(1 year, 7 months)
11. Spanish-American War 1898/05 - 1898/12 0.7 years
(8 months)
12. Persian Gulf War 1991/01 - 1991/02 0.1 years
(1.5 months)

(Ongoing wars indicated in bold.) Source: Associated Press[1]

Notes

  • The dates used by the Associated Press for official U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War are August 1964 (the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution) to January 1973 (the Paris Peace Accords), although U.S. military activities and intervention in Vietnam spanned from 1950 to 1975.[2][3][4]
  • For the Philippine–American War, not included by the Associated Press in their tally above, official start and end dates used by some sources are June 2, 1899 - July 4, 1902, although resistance groups continued fighting until June 15, 1913.[5][6][7]

See also

References

  1. ^ U.S. Participation in Major Wars
  2. ^ Herring, George C.: America's Longest War, p. 18.
  3. ^ Zinn, A People's History of the United States, p. 471.
  4. ^ Kolko, Gabriel Anatomy of War, pages 457, 461 ff., ISBN 1898876673
  5. ^ Delmendo 2004, p. 47.
  6. ^ Constantino 1975
  7. ^ Agoncillo 1990, p. 247

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