Frank Buckles- The Last America American Veteran Of World War I- Died This Day 2011

Sepia-color photo of a young man in military uniform

Frank Buckles died 2 years ago on this day at the age of 11o. Frank Buckles was the last American Veteran of The Great War- World War I. He had enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 and served in with a detachment from Fort Riley, driving ambulances and motorcycles near the front lines of Europe. He would be captured during World War II by the Japanese while in the Philippines working in the shipping business and would be held prisoner for three years. After the war he came back to the states and lived the rest of his life on a farm near Charles Town, West Virginia. He was married. A widower at 98, he worked on his farm until he was 105. He died at 110 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with POTUS Obama attending with full military honors. In another 20 years or so they will be talking about the last veteran of World War II passing away. It’s sad to see the past recede even more into the past. The last veteran of the war died in 2012. There were over 65 million who fought in that war. They are all gone.

Frank Buckles in a wheel chair is talking to George W. Bush. In the background, above their heads are a plant decoration and a portrait of George Washington.

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