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Wounded in action (WIA) describes soldiers who have been wounded while fighting in a combat zone during war time, but have not been killed. Typically it implies that they are temporarily or permanently incapable of bearing arms or continuing to fight.[1]

For US military members, becoming WIA in combat generally results in subsequent conferral of the Purple Heart.


  1. ^ iCasualties: Iraq Coalition Casualty Count. See the middle of the page to see info on the types of wounded.

See also

  • KIA – Killed In Action
  • MIA – Missing In Action
  • POW – Prisoner Of War


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