How many US Navy sailors died in the Pacific in World War 2?
11,609 US Navy sailors died in the Pacific theatre of operations, not counting Asiatic theatre or officers in US Navy killed in the line of duty. 5,041 US Navy Sailors also died during World War 2 from non-enemy action or combat. http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/ww2_statistics.htm
The word Limey dates to long before the second world war and refers to the fact that British Navy Sailors used to eat Limes (and Lemons) to avoid scurvy. Limey is a nickname that was originally used for sailors in the Royal Navy. When more sailors were incapacitated or died through scurvy than in battle a solution had to be found. Scurvy is a vitamin deficiency disease, namely vitamin C. As lemons were a rich source of this they were initially used, but proved too expensive for the government and the Admialty. A cheaper answer was limes, so they were given to the sailors. Hence the name limey
The US dead in the attack on Hawaii were from all over the US. Most of the men killed were sailors in the US Navy. There were about 2400 men killed, and around 1800 were Navy men, around 400 were Army men, and the rest were Marines. Almost half the men who were killed died on the USS Arizona when it blew up. The peacetime Navy had allowed brothers to join up and serve together. There were 77 pairs of brothers who died on the Arizona, among the nearly 1200 men killed aboard her. Over 400 more Navy sailors died on the USS Oklahoma when it turned over.
It depends on what your interests are. Honestly, more Marines die during wars than sailors. I looked up information and over 300 Marines died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Only 5 Sailors died in the same countries and they were killed by accident. Only five died because the war on terrorism is more ground fighting than Naval battles. Not to scare you out of the Marine Corps, but it all depends on what your interests are. Marine and Navy jobs are different, but some jobs are the same. Marines have longer deployments in more hazardous areas, Navy deployments are more frequent. Check out the websites to decide which one is best for you. All military branches have great benefits and allow you travel. I am going to be a Navy Officer, but before I decided Navy, I deeply consitered all the branches. My order of favorite branches are 1.Navy-2.Marines-3.Air Force-4.Army-5.Coast Guard. Good luck in the military!! Marines: www.marines.com Navy: www.navy.com P.S If you aren't happy with the Marines or Navy try: Army:www.goarmy.com Air Force:www.airforce.com Coast Guard: www.gocoastguard.com