Wounded in action

military classification used for military persons wounded by enemy action

Wounded in Action (WIA) is when military people have been wounded while fighting in a combat zone during wartime, but have not been killed. This often means that they are temporarily or permanently unable to fight.[1] Generally, the Wounded in Action are far more numerous than those killed.[2]


  1. iCasualties: Iraq Coalition Casualty Count Archived 2018-10-25 at the Wayback Machine. See the middle of the page to see info on the types of wounded.
  2. "US & Allied Wounded | Costs of War". watson.brown.edu. Retrieved 2020-05-06.