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Wharton, Matt 1 The Evolution of America at War By 2007, over 3,000 American servicemen and women have given the ultimate sacrifice in the War on Terrorism; this is, however an extremely low number when compared to the number of casualties in World War II- over 400,000- and the Korean War- over 36,000. Compared to World War II and the Korean War, the war America is in today is somewhat different in the innovations in war technology, change in morale at home, and the difficulty of fighting a faceless enemy. American warfare during WWII and the Korean War is very different in comparison to the advanced technologies the military utilizes in the War on Terror. During the Korean War, the weapons American soldiers were forced to use were outdated, as describes Stewart Sizemore, “Our weapons were Second World War weapons. A lot of them were not very good. A lot of the barrels were worn out” ( http://www.wisconsinstories.org/korea/transcripts/invasion.cfm ). Since the Korean War, the American military has made enormous advances in military technology, such as: Night Vision Goggles, Humvees equipped with machine guns and grenade launchers, assault rifles, etc. as described in Evan Wright’s book, Generation Kill . Having these new advanced weapons at their disposal gives the American military a more confident attitude. There is a definite difference in mindset between those in WWII and the modern American serviceman. As Lieutenant Fick describes in, Generation Kill , “When we take
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