This compilation is issued by the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization as an element of its Harvard Veterans History Project.
- The men and, recently, women of Harvard have served and sacrificed in the militias and Military of our country since the 1600's
- More than 1,250 have died in war:
- Pre 1860 – To Be Determined
- Civil War – 136 Union; 71 C.S.A.
- Spanish American – 10
- World War I – 373
- World War II – 697
- Korea – 18
- Vietnam – 22
- Iraq/Afghanistan – 1
- 17 sons of Harvard have received the Medal of Honor, more than all colleges and universities but for West Point and Annapolis
- Approximately 150 Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan are currently enrolled at Harvard graduate schools.
- Harvard University is an active partner with the Veterans Administration in matching its tuition grants to Harvard graduate school Veteran-students under the Yellow Ribbon program
- The Harvard Kennedy School includes one of only three National Security Programs in the country, with 24 selected mid-career military officers
- There are thousands of living Harvard Veterans, many of whom serve at the height of education, business, and politics (see List of Notable Harvard Veterans)
- The Harvard Medical School is the primary supporter of medical and research staff, and programs for the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System, which is one of the largest in the United States with 3 hospitals and 6 clinics.
- In 1916 Harvard College established a Department of Military Science and one of the first ROTC units in the country. More than 1,000 students joined the program, led by General Leonard Wood.
- In 2012 both the Army and Navy ROTC programs re-established offices on campus.