Retired Staff Member
On this day in 1917, The President asked Congress to Declare War and bring the US into the "War to End All Wars" . Congress did- but it wasn't. In approximately 18 Months - ( though the US Army and USMC didn't really get into the fight until My of 1918) the US suffered about 320,000 Casualties including 116,000 dead. This was a drop in the bucket compared to the casualties suffered by the other major combatants- somewhere around 11 Million Soldiers! which really gives you an appreciation of just what a cataclysmic event WW1 was for the western world.