7 wars that positioned America as the most powerful nation in the world.
Civil War, April 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865 - From the opening shots at Fort Sumter and the first taste of battle at Manassas to the three days at Gettysburg. Spanish-American War, April 25, 1898 to August 12, 1898 - The first time American soldiers fought on foreign lands. Witness the US Navy's stunning victory over the Spanish Fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay.
World War I, July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 - 'The necessity of making the world safe for democracy' compelled America to enter World War I following the shocking U-Boat attack and sinking of the Lusitania with many Americans on board.
World War II, September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945 - Japan joins Germany and Italy to become the third part of the Axis Powers. The Americans remain neutral until the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor killing over 3,000 Americans. America goes to war immediately.
Korean War, June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 - Communist North Korea, backed by China, invades South Korea. United Nations forces led by American soldiers and Marines strike back. It's a new kind of war for America, killing 34,000 Americans in just 3 years.
Vietnam War, 1962 to 1975 - The US fought to help South Vietnam from becoming Communist to prevent a domino effect that could sweep all Southeast Asia. In 1976, both countries united to become 'The Socialist Republic of Vietnam.'
Desert Storm, August 1, 1990 to February, 1991 - The Gulf War was the successful US response to Iraq's dictator, Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. Nearly all battles were aerial and ground combat in Kuwait.