Heartfelt thanks to all the men and women who served the country during World War II. The 16 million Americans in the military. The 400,000 American patriots who gave their lives, and all those at home who supported the war effort. Estimates on the combined number of civilian and military deaths from all countries range from 38 million to more than 60 million, including more than 450,000 Brits, some 20 million Russians and 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. Never forget December 7, 1941.