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Last remaining American WWI vet passes

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  1. slide action

    slide action Well-Known Member

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    A chapter of American History has officially closed.

    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.

    "I always knew I'd be one of the last because I was one of the youngest when I joined," Buckles said in his interview with the Daily News, after he became the last surviving member of those 4.7 million.

    "But I never thought I'd be the last one."

    Even after the war, Buckles couldn't escape the battlefield. In 1941, Buckles was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines while working as a purser for a steamship company. He languished for more than three years in prison camps before he was rescued in a military raid.

    "I was never actually looking for adventure," Buckles once told The Associated Press. "It just came to me."

    He also wasn't looking for the fame that came his way in 2008, when the second-to-last American veteran of World War I, Harry Richard Landis of Florida, passed away. But once he achieved the status of last surviving veteran, Buckles helped lobby to rededicate the existing District of Columbia World War I memorial on the National Mall in Washington as a national memorial.

    With Buckles' passing, there are only two documented surviving veterans of The Great War left - 109-year-old Claude Choules and 110-year-old Florence Green, both of whom are British.

    "Somebody has to pass it down. If I'm the last one, then I have to be the one to do it," Buckles told The News.
     
  2. Dark Horse

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    I read where his daughter has asked that her father lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda

    Susannah Buckles Flanagan issued a lengthy explanation Saturday outlining why the request to have her father, who died a week ago Sunday at age 110, lie in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

    I think that it would be absolutely fitting for him to have this honor as the last surviving U.S. serviceman of WWI.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid turned down the lying in honor request.

    I'd like to know why?

    Mark
     
  3. foghorn220

    foghorn220 Active Member

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    Slide Action im going to send this to someone that knows his stuff ok he is more into the civil war era but he will want to know about this im sure he does already by now.

    If I hear anything I will let you know.
    Fog
     
  4. slide action

    slide action Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Foggy. It's a shame that it's not "news worthy" enough for the main line news agencies. It should be front page news instead of the misdeeds of some litle Hollywood Diva! But then this country is outa whack anyway.If you see Shadow tell him hi for me! Take care!
     
  5. grntitan

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    Hmmm. I posted a thread on this story the day after he died. It was on the major news where i saw the story. My thread included the video of this nice man and his story. You must have missed it. Actually if you'll go down quite a few threads in the Off Topic section, its still there. Nothing wrong with you re-posting it i guess. Just say'n................

    Matt
     
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