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Published December 31, 2006


How many prisoners of war or troops missing in action from World War II through the Persian Gulf War were women? Also, how many women in general were lost in conflicts overseas?

During World War II, 88 women, mostly Army nurses, were held as prisoners of war. More than 540 servicewomen were killed in that war.

There were no female POW/MIAs in the Korean or Vietnam wars. There were 17 female casualties in Korea and eight in Vietnam.

During the Persian Gulf War, two women were taken as prisoners of war and 16 women lost their lives. During the current war, 58 female troops have been killed and three women were POWs.

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