Last U.S. WWI Veteran Dies

Frank Buckles at age 16

Frank Buckles at age 16

Via BBC:

America’s last surviving veteran of World War I, Frank Buckles, has died aged 110.

Mr Buckles, who joined the US army in 1917, at the age of 16, lying about his age to get enlisted, died of natural causes at his home near Charles Town, West Virginia, on Sunday.

He was one of more than 4.7m Americans who signed up to fight in the Great War between 1917-18.

He served in England and France, as a driver and a warehouse clerk.

Mr Buckles was turned down by the marines and the navy for being too young to serve, but managed to convince an army recruiter he was 21.

“A knowledgeable old sergeant said if you want to get to France right away, go into the ambulance corps,” he said in a 2001 interview with the Library of Congress.

[Continues at BBC]

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  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    Living memory of the actual trenches of WWI has already faded with the death of Harry Patch in 2009. He was the last remaining infantryman who “went over the top.”

    And think–in around 30 more years or so we’ll he hearing about the last WWII veterans dying. My grandfather was in the first wave on Utah Beach–I regret that he didn’t live long enough for me to have asked him adult questions about it.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    Living memory of the actual trenches of WWI has already faded with the death of Harry Patch in 2009. He was the last remaining infantryman who “went over the top.”

    And think–in around 30 more years or so we’ll he hearing about the last WWII veterans dying. My grandfather was in the first wave on Utah Beach–I regret that he didn’t live long enough for me to have asked him adult questions about it.

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