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February 28, 2011

Over There: Last US veteran of WWI dies in W. Va. at age 110


Frank Buckles enlisted for World War I at 16
after lying about his age. He made it home again and ultimately became that war's last surviving U.S. veteran, campaigning for greater recognition for his comrades-in-arms before dying at 110. Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said. He was 110. Last U.S. World War I veteran Frank W. Buckles dies at 110

Mr Buckles's secret to longevity: "When you think you're dying, don't."

Posted by Vanderleun at February 28, 2011 11:15 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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R.I.P. Mr. Buckle. We thank you for your service.

Posted by: sablegsd at February 28, 2011 12:14 PM

Thank you Sir, for your bravery, your courage and your sacrifice.

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston, Texas at February 28, 2011 1:44 PM

He survived a Japanese internment camp and lived to 110? He'd have to have been 41 when he was captured.

That's one tough old bird. Can we please make more like him?

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at February 28, 2011 2:24 PM


Posted by: tom reese at February 28, 2011 5:46 PM

What a great life. We should have cloned him.

Posted by: RedCarolina at February 28, 2011 6:15 PM

I just read the WaPo story to my kid. He said, "That will make a great book!". Frank Buckles will live forever and will always represent the best of America.

Posted by: RedCarolina at February 28, 2011 7:19 PM

When the war was over, the men of that generation came how and GOT ON WITH IT. No handwringing, no breastbeating.

I'm glad most of them didn't live long enough to see what it's like now.

Posted by: Quent at March 1, 2011 4:42 PM

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