A meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, early 1930s –

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Your armchair statistics are off – the average age of a dead soldier in WWII was 26 years old, with the median age being in the early twenties. The children you see in that photo were *much* more likely to die in the war than the average population.

Edit: [Look here at Navy personnel](http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/ww2_statistics.htm) – I’d assume it’s pretty similar to the other military branches:

Estimated age distribution of enlisted personnel in World War II based on data as of 30 June 1945 was:

AGE GROUP PERCENT
Under 20 20.72
20 12.88
21-24 28.39
25-29 18.62
30-34 10.79
35-39 6.35
40-44 1.41
45-49 0.56
50-54 0.17
55 & Over 0.11

Then take into account that you’re much more likely to die if you’re younger given that you’re likely not an officer and likely not behind a desk.

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