With more than 400,000 casualties in World War 2, most days it is easy to find at least one person born 100 years ago on that day who died during the war. The challenge is usually to decide who to highlight and who to leave out. If we assume that most of the casualties were among those born on one of the 4,017 days during the eleven years from 1917 to 1927 we would actually expect an average of 100 per day.
During the 45 months America was engaged in the war, we averaged 355 deaths per day. Obviously deaths increased later in the war as more Americans were engaged with the enemy. As sobering as these high numbers appear, they are nothing compared to the losses suffered by the Soviet Union. Not counting civilian deaths that numbered in the millions, Russian military losses average an incredible 4,000+ a day. Stalin cared less for the lives of his people than America's leaders who had a goal to end the war as soon as feasibly possible in order to stop the killing as soon as possible. Each death created a heartbroken Gold Star mother.
Let's earn it for all those World War 2 fallen.
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