Last WWI Veteran Passes Away

Last WWI Veteran Passes Away

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    Rest in peace, sir. You along with many including my grandfather have gone on to meet the others who went before and gave it all.


    Last veteran of WWI dies in W.Va. at age 110
    February 28, 2011


    The Associated Press

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Frank Buckles, who lied about his age to get into uniform during World War I and lived to be the last surviving U.S. veteran of that war, has died. He was 110.

    Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died peacefully of natural causes early Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. Buckles turned 110 on Feb. 1 and had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of the Great War in Washington, D.C.

    When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last of his kind, he said simply, "I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me." And he told The Associated Press he would have done it all over again, "without a doubt."

    On Nov. 11, 2008, the 90th anniversary of the end of the war, Buckles attended a ceremony at the grave of World War I Gen. John Pershing in Arlington National Cemetery.

    "I can see what they're honoring, the veterans of World War I," he told CNN.

    He was back in Washington a year later to endorse a proposal to rededicate the existing World War I memorial on the National Mall as the official National World War I Memorial. He told a Senate panel it was "an excellent idea." The memorial was originally built to honor District of Columbia's war dead.

    Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States entered the "war to end all wars" in April 1917. He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18. He was 16Ĺ.

    "A boy of (that age), he's not afraid of anything. He wants to get in there," Buckles said.

    Details for services and arrangements will be announced later this week. The family asks that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project. The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary and traveling educational exhibition.
    Last veteran of WWI dies in W.Va. at age 110 - The Herald Dispatch
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    A bit more on this former Doughboy from a later article, see the link below. Quite an adventure Mr. Buckles had in his life.

    Last living US WWI vet dies in W. Va. at age 110 - The Herald Dispatch
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    Gone but not forgotten, RIP brave one. Teach your children of the sacrifices of the patriots so their honor will not be forgotten.
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    God Bless you SIR!
    Both of my grandfathers came from Ireland and England and both enlisted in WW1 to become US citizens.
    I still have one of their Purple Hearts and associated pics that go with them, all in the original frame ang original glass.

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    Sigh... The last vet from WWI... Going home at last. Godspeed.

    As more and more of our vets pass on from WWII and VN, we will "forget" our hsitory... Hope we aren't doomed to repeat it.
    Rats!
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    Rest in Peace, Old Warrior.
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    The last of his kind. Rest in Peace sir. Hand Salute.
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    We owe a debt we can never repay. Godspeed.

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    Sleep in peace old soldier. Another generation carries the torch now. *SALUTE*
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    Great hero!
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    Thank you for your service, RIP

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