Americas Last World War I Veteran Frank W. Buckles dies at 110, Rest in Peace


Farewell to an Americans Hero … God Rest Your Soul.

On Sunday America lost its last link with an important era for America and the world, WWI, as it was referred to at the time, the war to end all wars. World War I veteran Frank W. Buckles died at his West Virginia home at the age of 110. Buckles was the last US veteran of WWI. According to Buckles enlistment records, he signed up for military service on August 14, 1917, he was only 16. Buckles died peacefully of natural causes

(February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011)


Video: NBC News

In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I, and Mr. Buckles, a cordial fellow of gentle humor, was the last known survivor. “I knew there’d be only one someday,” he said a few years back. “I didn’t think it would be me.”

Mr. Buckles, a widower, died on his West Virginia farm, said his daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who had been caring for him there.


Hat Tip Taps for a the Final WWI US Veteran: No Sheeple Here

Frank Buckles Wiki.

Hot Air has a great write up and account of the life of Frank W. Buckles including ”France awarded him the Legion of Honor and he was invited to the White House to meet Bush. He became a spokesman for the World War I Memorial Foundation.”

Rest in Peace.

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    5 Responses to “Americas Last World War I Veteran Frank W. Buckles dies at 110, Rest in Peace”

    1. NGBoston on March 1st, 2011 5:08 am


      RIP, Mr. Buckles. Like the Towers over lower Manhattan—-Gone but not forgotten.


    2. Waterboy on March 1st, 2011 1:38 pm

      A few years back, I had an old friend who was a WWI veteran. He was born in 1897. He lived in a nursing home that was located behind my business. He would meet me most every morning with a cup of coffee and want to talk. I found myself getting to work 30 minutes earlier, so I could talk with him and still get started on time at work. I sincerely enjoyed the conversations I had with him. His mind was very sound.

      I didn’t work one Friday, and on Monday, he didn’t show up. Sometimes he would miss a day or two, so I didn’t worry. By Wednesday I was worried, and I walked around to the front of the building to inquire. They told me he had died unexpectedly on Friday. The family had his funeral on Tuesday, the day before. I think he was 102 or so.

      I miss him. He was a good friend.


    3. St Stephen on March 1st, 2011 2:40 pm

      …God bless and thank you for your selfless and undying love of country and the freedom that you were willing to fight for.

      God Bless America.

    4. Remembering Frank Buckles, the Last WWI Vet, Dead at 110 on March 1st, 2011 6:29 pm

      [...] Scared Monkeys links to Frank Buckles’ rich, varied Wiki entry, which is worth a read. [...]

    5. kitty on March 1st, 2011 11:09 pm

      Thank you and God Bless you Mr. Buckles ~ we honor you.

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