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Letter: Philippine-American war also ‘forgotten’

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From: Rick Stofer


Received: Feb. 10

In Harry McCawley’s article about the War of 1812, he mentioned several other “forgotten” wars in our country’s history. One that was not mentioned, and I’m hardly surprised, was the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902. I was a history major at Indiana State University. Having my old U.S. History textbook still available, I looked to see what was said about this war. Much to my surprise, it was barely mentioned in a paragraph on the acquisition of the Philippines from Spain after the Spanish-American War.

The American death toll was 4,165. An estimated 12,000 to 20,000 Philippine soldiers were killed, and the Philippine civilian casualties are estimated to have been between 200,000 to 1.5 million killed. I’m using Wikipedia as my casualty source. However, my college textbook mentioned 4,300 American dead, so I think the Wikipedia article is pretty accurate.

By the way, this was not some brief operation, like Grenada, but a full-fledged Vietnam type war.

Anyone interested in finding out more about this “forgotten” war can “Google” it and get a wealth of information.

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