This memorial plaque lists the numbers of Georgians who served in various wars and details the casualties. What I find odd is that for WWI, Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf round numbers are given for the participants, whereas for WWII a strangely exact number is given - 324373. The lists of casualties do not appear to be rounded throughout.

Is there an explanation for this oddness?

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    my guess is they'd use conscription numbers for WW2, while for the other wars there was a large section of professional troops where it's hard to tell whether they're from your state or not. Do you count birth, last home as a civilian, or last US based posting before being sent overseas? – jwenting Jun 17 '13 at 9:18
  • @jwenting: This sounds like a (good) answer. Why don't you post it as one? – Felix Goldberg Jun 17 '13 at 9:46
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    1) I've no evidence, it's based on my knowledge of the makeup of the US armed forces in those conflicts. 2) it'd just get downvoted by the usual suspects anyway. – jwenting Jun 17 '13 at 13:09
  • Maybe I'm OCD, but I found odd the "0 MIA" in the 5th bullet point: they could have just omitted that, it's not a table! Technically they are saluting, among the others, that group of 0 soldiers, too. – o0'. Dec 22 '13 at 18:49
  • @Lohoris this way preserves the symmetry of the table, of there were nothing there people'd complain about that, or think the number had faded somehow. – jwenting Dec 23 '13 at 6:13

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