Between the War for Independence and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the armed
forces of the United States have participated in twenty-one principal wars and in numerous
smaller conflicts and operations. In each of these American men and women have paid a high
price for the nation's freedom, selflessly sacrificing life or limb for an honorable cause.
Principal sources of information for the figures, explanatory text and
illustrations appearing below include the National Archives and Records Administration; U.S.
Navy Historical Center; Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs; and The Oxford
Companion to American Military History, from which all quotations are taken.
China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion), 1900 - 1901
In the summer of 1900, a force of approximately 2,500 U.S. soldiers, sailors
and marines joined a
multinational force under British command to suppress a rebellion at the hands of a Nationalist
antiforeign movement in China in order to enforce the "open door" policy articulated
by Secretary of State John Hay. The Ch'ing government of the Manchu Dynasty supported the
"Boxing Societies" who seized the Legation Quarter in Peking (Beijing). Some of the
American troops were already resident in China, but a substantial number were diverted from
duty in the Philippines while the Sixth Cavalry Regiment came directly from the United States
to take part. The foreign forces prevailed at the Battle of Peking, 14-16 August 1900, leading
to the ultimate defeat and capitulation of the Boxers in September 1901.
American Casualties, Boxer Rebellion, China, 1900 - 1901
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