Before the Pearl Harbor attack there were some 120,000 American soldiers. At the end of the war the USA had about 16 million under arms (most of them reservists); about 4 million Americans were in military action in Europe (against Germany and Italy) and half a million men were in action in the Pacific (against the Japanese).
Yes and no. As America was not involved in ww2 prior to 1941 it was illegal for American soldiers to engage in combat. However, some Americans went to Canada to join the Canadian military forces. Others, pilots, joined the British RAF Eagle squadron an outfit designed for American pilots to fight in the RAF even though the US was not officially at war.
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