Latino Veterans, by the numbers

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Happy Veteran’s Day! To all U.S. Veteran’s, thank you for your service.

I’m sensing we all need a break from the barrage of political news. So . . .

►Veteran’s Day numbers

10,000 – The number of Latinos who fought, on both sides, in the U.S. Civil War.

200,000 – The number of Latinos who fought in World War I.

500,000 – The number of Latinos who fought in World War II.

148,000 – The number of Latinos who fought in the Korean War.

80,000 – The number of Latinos who fought in the Vietnam War.

20,000 – The number of Latinos who fought in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

85,000 – The number of Latinos who fought in Operation Desert Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the ongoing War on Terrorism.

11.4 – The percentage of Latinos in the U.S. Armed Forces.

48 – The percentage of Latinas among women enlisted in the Armed Forces.

11 – The percentage of Latinos among men enlisted in the Armed Forces.

17 – The percentage of new military recruits who are Latino.

18 – The percentage of Latinos in the Marine Corps.

5 – The percentage of Latinos in the Air Force.

17 – The percentage on Latinos in the U.S. Army.

43,000 – The number of Latino sailors and civilians serving in the U.S. Navy.

60 – The number of Latinos who have received the Medal of Honor.

39 – The percentage of Latinos in the U.S. Armed Forces who are U.S. born, born to U.S. born parents.

5 – The percentage of Latinos in the U.S. Armed Forces Officers Corp.

Sources: PRB, Hispanics in the U.S. Army, Fox News Latino, Brandon Gaille, Hispanic
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