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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 7/7/2005 6:24:55 PM EDT
Anyone know what the longest period is that no US military units were in any sort of armed engagement? I would count US troop conflicts with Indians, but I would not count Naval engagements with pirates.
Link Posted: 7/7/2005 8:43:20 PM EDT
Pulled from the web:

Revolutionary War: 1776-1781
Whiskey Rebellion: 1794
War of 1812: 1812-1814
Mexican War 1846-1848
Civil War: 1861-1865
Spanish American War: 1898
WW I: 1914-1918
WW II: 1941-1945
Korea: 1950-1953
Vietnam: 1964-1973
Gulf War I: 1990-1991
Gulf War II: 2003-2005

...which would put the longest gap at about 30 years, but this leaves out all Indian wars, as well as the use of US troops in Central America (I know that US marines went into Nicaragua several times). Plus the US military's involvement in Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Kosovo...
Link Posted: 7/10/2005 10:38:39 AM EDT
Those are only major engagements the until WW1 marines were not kept permanent at embassies

so whenever a civil war erupted or a resonable threat to our embassy was found the marines had to get to the embassy for defense Argentina was invaded 3 times in 10 years.

There were three major campains against the indians post civil war

Not to mention scirmishes against mexican warlords

infact the military was in constant use out west from about 1840-1890

from the spanish american war to WW2 we were involced in China and the early philieane insurection

I f you count the cold war as as an armed engagemet with no rounds fierd then the amount of time our country has benn at peace would dwindel to only 15 years
Link Posted: 7/11/2005 3:03:54 AM EDT
We average a major war about every 20 years.
Link Posted: 7/18/2005 9:08:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pliftkl:
Anyone know what the longest period is that no US military units were in any sort of armed engagement? I would count US troop conflicts with Indians, but I would not count Naval engagements with pirates.



I would say it hasn't happened yet.

Link Posted: 7/18/2005 9:15:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pliftkl:
Pulled from the web:

Revolutionary War: 1776-1781
Whiskey Rebellion: 1794
War of 1812: 1812-1814
Mexican War 1846-1848
Civil War: 1861-1865
Spanish American War: 1898
WW I: 1914-1918
WW II: 1941-1945
Korea: 1950-1953
Vietnam: 1964-1973
Gulf War I: 1990-1991
Gulf War II: 2003-2005

...which would put the longest gap at about 30 years, but this leaves out all Indian wars, as well as the use of US troops in Central America (I know that US marines went into Nicaragua several times). Plus the US military's involvement in Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Kosovo...




You left out Lebanon
Link Posted: 7/22/2005 12:45:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:

Originally Posted By pliftkl:
Pulled from the web:

Revolutionary War: 1776-1781
Whiskey Rebellion: 1794
War of 1812: 1812-1814
Mexican War 1846-1848
Civil War: 1861-1865
Spanish American War: 1898
WW I: 1914-1918
WW II: 1941-1945
Korea: 1950-1953
Vietnam: 1964-1973
Gulf War I: 1990-1991
Gulf War II: 2003-2005

...which would put the longest gap at about 30 years, but this leaves out all Indian wars, as well as the use of US troops in Central America (I know that US marines went into Nicaragua several times). Plus the US military's involvement in Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Kosovo...




You left out Lebanon



Twice
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 6:46:48 PM EDT
I can't believe that no one mentioned our war with France!

Or did everyone just consider that a naval engagement with pirates?
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 6:50:34 AM EDT

Revolutionary War: 1776-1781
Whiskey Rebellion: 1794
War of 1812: 1812-1814
Mexican War 1846-1848
Civil War: 1861-1865
Spanish American War: 1898
WW I: 1914-1918
WW II: 1941-1945
Korea: 1950-1953
Vietnam: 1964-1973
Gulf War I: 1990-1991
Gulf War II: 2003-2005

...which would put the longest gap at about 30 years, but this leaves out all Indian wars, as well as the use of US troops in Central America (I know that US marines went into Nicaragua several times). Plus the US military's involvement in Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Kosovo...




You left out Lebanon


Not to mention Afghanistan.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 6:54:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SD307:
Those are only major engagements the until WW1 marines were not kept permanent at embassies

so whenever a civil war erupted or a resonable threat to our embassy was found the marines had to get to the embassy for defense Argentina was invaded 3 times in 10 years.

There were three major campains against the indians post civil war

Not to mention scirmishes against mexican warlords

infact the military was in constant use out west from about 1840-1890

from the spanish american war to WW2 we were involced in China and the early philieane insurection

I f you count the cold war as as an armed engagemet with no rounds fierd then the amount of time our country has benn at peace would dwindel to only 15 years





????
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 7:18:22 AM EDT
Forgot El Salvador. While it took a good many years for the folks to get recognized, there were lots of CIB,s and CMB's and medals for Valor awarded.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:54:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle: We average a major war about every 20 years.
If you count all the small skirmishes and local conflicts we get pulled into, I figure that the US military is always shooting someone somewhere. And that's a good thing because a whole lot of bad guys out there are asking for it!
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:59:53 AM EDT
Between cia, and specops, and who ever the hell else. I doubt the us has gone more than a month without something happening, at least since ww2.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 7:22:16 AM EDT
There was also the Punitive Expedition in Mexico (1912?) and the campaign against the Mormons (1850-odd). I honestly don't think we've been more than 10-15 years without involvement or intervention of some kind. BTW- the wars against the Barbary pirates have to count, since they were technically a foreign power based out of Tripoli.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 12:45:25 PM EDT
Let's not forget the Boxer Rebelion then we did some fighting against the Moros in the Philipines after we won it from the Spanish. And then there was Grenada.
How about the French and Indian wars?
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 10:40:31 PM EDT
At one time or another since we've had our brave troops in areas of the world where 99% of the people in the world including those who are living there, wouldn't want to be freely living there . what about the "african nato missions" somalia and ruwanda. Those weren't foreign troops they were dragging down the streets. I'd put the longest time the troops hadn't be deployed either stateside or foreign soil at around three weeks since WWI. Technically we never left Saudi Arabia, no matter if victory was declared in the 1990's. We left the Afghan region in the mid eighties after the Soviet pullout. Even though we technically weren't there but as advisors, don't where I've heard that before. It kind of back fired on all the USA. We never really left Israel after it was formed.
If you were to look at Israel's army from a picture without looking at the flags on there vehicles it'd look like a third string U.S. team. Sad but true.
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