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RIP. Mr. Frank Buckles

28 Feb

Frank Buckles was the last American WWI veteran alive and he passed away today in his West Virginia home. Obviously in 110yrs he has seen many things change, reform, and be created and destroyed. With his death there are now only two WWI veterans world wide of the almost 5 million that served. Today America lost another hero. Its is stories like this that make me want to scream from the roof tops, treat the Veterans close to you right. A little respect and a little thanks goes along way.

Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 110 in his Charles Town, W. Va., home, a family spokesman said in a statement.

Eager to serve his country and escape the tedium of farm life in Missouri, Buckles told the Daily News in 2008 that he lied about his age to enlist.

He was 16 when he shipped off to France in 1917 to join the ambulance corps with the serial No. 15577 — one of 4.7 million Americans to serve in “The War to End All Wars” against Germany.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/02/28/2011-02-28_frank_buckles_oldest_surviving_american_wwi_vet_dies_at_age_110_.html#ixzz1FGUe37CU

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Day in the life

 

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