02-28-2011, 04:33 PM #1
The Last Surviving American WW1 Veteran Dies at 110
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – He didn't seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who'd served in World War 1, he became what his biographer called "the humble patriot" and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict.
Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month after his 110th birthday. He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades, prodding politicians to support a national memorial in Washington and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography.
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02-28-2011, 10:23 PM #2
I bet he could tell some stories. He was born near the very beginning of the last century. I would have loved to hear him tell about his life throughout the entire last century.
I'm sure his greatest accomplishment in life was not being a Vet but I thank him for his selfless service just the same.
Thank you Frank.
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