From Ohio History Central
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Ohioans have participated in every military conflict involving the United States of America from the American Revolution until present day. Numerous prominent military leaders have ties to the state. William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George Armstrong Custer, Curtis LeMay, and numerous others lived in Ohio at some point in their lives. Ohioans have also been at the forefront of improving military technology. The Wright brothers were the first people to develop a working airplane. Scientists in Dayton and at the Battelle Memorial Institute helped develop the atomic bomb during World War II. Thousands of Ohioans gave their lives in defense of their country in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the various Persian Gulf Wars, and numerous other smaller conflicts. During the American Civil War, more than 300,000 Ohioans served in the
Northern military, with nearly twenty-five thousand men dying. Ohioans also participated in the various wars against American Indians, driving these people from Ohio and much of the rest of the United States of America.