After 31 months of World War II, the U.S. had reached a milestone: battle casualties had finally passed the total suffered in the 19 months of World War I. The count: in War I259,288 killed, wounded and prisoners;* in War II262,179.
An official Army tabulation also showed the U.S.'s most expensive campaign to date: North Africa, with 80,886 casualties. Other campaigns:
Southwest Pacific 10,858
South Pacific 10,168
Central Pacific 3,119
Middle East 2,895
North American 2,566
* Noncombat casualties (105,512) are usually included in World War I figures....