U.S. History & Military/War History

United States History

Recent US History

World History

Mexican American War – 1846-1848

American Revolutionary War – 1775-1783

War of 1812 – 1812–1815

The American Civil War – 1861-1865

Spanish–American War -1898

World War I – 1914-1918

World War II – 1939-1945

Korean War – 1950–1953

Vietnam War – 1955-1975

Chart of Wars With American Involvement – From Thought.com

In addition to the following named wars and conflicts, members of the American military (and some civilians) have played small but active roles in many other international conflicts over the years.

DatesWar in Which American Colonists or
United States Citizens Officially Participated
Major Combatants
July 4, 1675–
August 12, 1676
King Philip’s WarNew England Colonies vs. Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Nipmuck peoples
1689–1697King William’s WarThe English Colonies vs. France
1702–1713Queen Anne’s War (War of Spanish Succession)The English Colonies vs. France
1744–1748King George’s War (War of Austrian Succession)The French Colonies vs. Great Britain
1756–1763French and Indian War (Seven Years War)The French Colonies vs. Great Britain
1759–1761Cherokee WarEnglish Colonists vs. Cherokee Nation
1775–1783American RevolutionEnglish Colonists vs. Great Britain
1798–1800Franco-American Naval WarUnited States vs. France
1801–1805; 1815Barbary WarsUnited States vs. Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli
1812–1815War of 1812United States vs. Great Britain
1813–1814Creek WarUnited States vs. Creek Nation
1836War of Texas IndependenceTexas vs. Mexico
1846–1848Mexican-American WarUnited States vs. Mexico
1861–1865U.S. Civil WarUnion vs. Confederacy
1898Spanish-American WarUnited States vs. Spain
1914–1918World War I
Triple Alliance: Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary vs. Triple Entente: Britain, France, and Russia. The United States joined on the side of the Triple Entente in 1917
1939-1945World War IIAxis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan vs. Major Allied Powers: United States, Great Britain, France, and Russia
1950–1953Korean WarUnited States (as part of the United Nations) and South Korea vs. North Korea and Communist China
1960–1975Vietnam WarUnited States and South Vietnam vs. North Vietnam
1961Bay of Pigs InvasionUnited States vs. Cuba
1983GrenadaUnited States intervention
1989U.S. Invasion of PanamaUnited States vs. Panama
1990–1991Persian Gulf WarUnited States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq
1995–1996Intervention in Bosnia and HerzegovinaUnited States as part of NATO acted as peacekeepers in former Yugoslavia
2001–presentInvasion of AfghanistanUnited States and Coalition Forces vs. the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to fight terrorism
2003–2011Invasion of Iraq
United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq
2004–presentWar in Northwest PakistanUnited States vs. Pakistan, mainly drone attacks
2007–presentSomalia and Northeastern KenyaUnited States and Coalition forces vs. al-Shabaab militants
2009–2016Operation Ocean Shield (Indian Ocean)NATO allies vs. Somali pirates
2011Intervention in LibyaU.S. and NATO allies vs. Libya
2011–2017Lord’s Resistance ArmyU.S. and allies against the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda
2014–2017U.S.-led Intervention in IraqU.S. and coalition forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
2014–presentU.S.-led intervention in SyriaU.S. and coalition forces against al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Syria
2015–presentYemeni Civil WarSaudi-led coalition and U.S., France, and Kingdom against the Houthi rebels, Supreme Political Council in Yemen, and allies
2015–presentU.S. intervention in LibyaU.S. and Libya against ISIS