Last WWI Veteran Dies

Via WSBRadio:

Frank Buckles, who lied about his age to get into uniform during World War I and lived to be the last surviving U.S. veteran of that war, has died. He was 110.

Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died peacefully of natural causes early Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. Buckles turned 110 on Feb. 1 …

Frank Buckles was an advocate for establishing a national memorial to WWI veterans. Sadly the current monument has fallen into disrepair. The National Parks Service has dedicated over $7 million to restore the monument and surrounding grounds to its rightful place of honor in time for the WWI centennial in 2014.

Pershing’s Last Patriot is a movie made of Frank’s extraordinary life that will be released in 2011.

Oh, the history he witnessed. Now he’s gone on to his rest and reward.

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