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In your average TOS episode, at least 1 redshirt dies. Also, one of McCoy's famous sayings is "He's dead Jim." That then got me thinking about the following question: how many deaths of crew members do we know of in TOS? These need to have occurred during the five year mission that we see and must be crew members of the Enterprise.

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59

That's the number of officer and crewman deaths that Memory Alpha cites. So, who were these 59 people? Memory Alpha takes care of that as well:

  • 9 dead after contact with the galactic barrier ('Where No Man Has Gone Before') | 9
  • Rizzo and three other crewman ('Obsession') | 4
  • 3 died of Rigeliean fever ('Requiem for Methuselah') | 3
  • Elizabeth Dehner, Lee Keslo and Gary Mitchell ('Where No Man Has Gone Before') | 3
  • Barnhart, Darnell, Green, Sturgeon ('The Man Trap') | 4
  • Matthews and Rayburn ('What are little girls made of?') | 2
  • Sam ('Charlie X') | 1
  • Robert Tomlinson ('Balance of Terror') | 1
  • Joe Tormolen ('The Naked Time') | 1
  • Carlisle, three other unidentified redshirts ('The Changeling') | 4
  • Gaetano, Latimer, O'Neill ('The Galileo Seven') | 3
  • Grant ('Friday's Child') | 1
  • Hendorff, Kaplan, Mallory, Marple ('The Apple') | 4
  • Jackson ('Catspaw') | 1
  • Lang, O'Herlihy ('Arena') | 2
  • Karen Tracy ('Wolf in the Fold') | 1
  • Compton ('Wink of an Eye') | 1
  • D'Amato, John B. Watkins, Wyatt ('That Which Survives') | 3
  • Harper ('The Ultimate Computer') | 1
  • Leslie Thompson ('By Any Other Name') | 1
  • Watson ('Elaan of Troyius') | 1
  • Two unidentified crewman ('And the Children Shall Lead') | 2
  • Commodore Decker ('The Doomsday Machine') | 1 (kudos Major Stackings)

That's 53 people who were permanently dead.

Additionally, the following individuals were killed and revived:

  • Angela Martine and Leonard McCoy ('Shore Leave') | 2
  • Montgomery Scott ('The Changeling') | 1
  • Pavel Chekov ('Spectre of the Gun') | 1
  • Leslie ('Obsession') and Galloway ('The Omega Glory') - note they died in their respective episodes but were seen in later episodes! | 2

That's another 6 people, bringing us to a total of 59 deaths (and 6 revivals) under Kirk's command in the five year mission that we know of! (Decker wasn't under Kirk's command)

Of a typical crew complement of 430, that's 13.5% of his crew that died, and 89.7% of those were permanently dead!

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    Don't forget Commodore Decker. He commanded the Enterprise. That pretty much makes him part of the crew. – Major Stackings Sep 13 '15 at 7:59
  • 'Permanently dead' needs its own category... and it's pretty low considering it's being compared to category, 'has died'. – Megha Jan 18 '16 at 10:30

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