Ages of Servicemen in Wars

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A guide to help you determine when and-or if your ancestor fought in one of the American Wars. The first chart lists the wars chronologically, the second alphabetically.

Use the following tables to determine in which wars an ancestor may have served.The first column indicates the name of the war, and the second its years of duration. The third column tells the typical birth years for men entered in that war, although younger or older soldiers may have enlisted. The fourth column indicates the typical ages of those serving in each war.

Ages of Servicemen in Wars--Arranged Chronologically by War

War

Duration

Typical Birth Years

Typical Ages

King William's War 1689-1697 1629-1681 16-60
Queen Anne's War 1702-1713 1642-1697 16-60
King George's War 1744-1748 1684 - 1732 16-60
French & Indian War 1755-1763 1695 - 1739 16-60
Revolutionary War 1775-1783 1715 - 1767 16-60
Indian Wars 1780s-1890s 1720s - 1880s
Barbary Wars 1800-1805 1740 - 1789 16-60
War of 1812 1812-1815 1752 - 1799 16-60
Barbary Wars 1815 1755 - 1799 16-60
Mexican War 1846-1848 1788 - 1832 16-60
Civil War 1861-1865 1801 - 1849 16-60
Spanish American War 1898 1838 - 1882 16-60
Philippine Insurrection

1899-1902

1838 - 1886 16-60
World War I

1918-1919

1858 - 1900 18-60
World War II 1941-1945 1881 - 1927 18-60
Korean War 1950-1953 1890 - 1935 18-60
Vietnam War 1965-1973 1905 - 1955 18-60
Gulf War 1991 1931-1973 18-60
Afghanistan War 2002 1942 - 1984 18-60
Iraq War 2003- 1943 - 1989 18-60

Ages of Servicemen in Wars--Arranged Alphabetically by War

Use the following table to determine in which wars an ancestor might have served.The first column indicates the name of the War and the second its years of duration. The third column tells the typical birth years for soldiers entered in that war, although younger or older people may have enlisted. The fourth column indicates the typical ages of those serving in each war.

War Duration Typical Birth Years Typical Ages Afghanistan War 2002 1942 - 1984 18-60
Barbary Wars 1800-1805, 1815 1740 - 1789 1755 - 1799 16-60
Civil War 1861-1865

1801 - 1849

16-60
Colonial Wars 1620-1763 1600s-1820s
French and Indian War 1755-1763 1695 - 1739 16-60
Gulf War 1991 1931 - 1973 18-60
Indian Wars 1780s-1890s 1720s - 1880s
Iraq War 2003- 1943 - 1989 18-60
King George's War 1744-1748 1684 - 1732 16-60
King William's War 1689-1697 1629 - 1681 16-60
Korean War 1950-1953 1890 - 1935 18-60
Mexican War 1846-1848 1788 - 1832 16-60
Philippine Insurrection 1899-1902 1839-1886 16-60
Queen Anne's War 1702-1713 1642 - 1697 16-60
Revolutionary War 1775-1783 1715 - 1767 16-60
Spanish American War 1898 1838 - 1882 16-60
Vietnam War 1965-1973 1905 - 1955 18-60
War of 1812 1812-1815

1752 - 1799

16-60
World War I 1917-1918 1858 - 1900 18-60
World War II 1941-1945 1881 - 1927 18-60

INFORMATION FROM: Family History Library US/Canada Consultants, "Ages of Servicemen in Wars", LAD database, January, 2004, mjm.