The management of arterial injuries has evolved from simple cauterization of the time of Ambrose Paré to the more complex repairs of today. Through history there has been much learned from combat regarding the management of vascular injuries. Starting in World War I, vascular registries have been established to further study and refine the management of these injuries. One of the most pivotal registries was the Vietnam Vascular Registry established by Dr Norman Rich. The lessons learned from these registries have been carried on to the current conflicts with the establishment of the Global War on Terror Vascular Initiative. We compare 100 lower extremity vascular injuries from the Vietnam Vascular Registry to 100 injuries in the Global War on Terror Vascular Initiative database as we continue to improve the future with lessons from our past.