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
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.