Last WWI Veteran Dies At 110
He was the last of his generation. Out of five million Americans who served in “the Great War”, Frank W. Buckles was the last known survivor. He died Sunday at age 110 at his West Virginia farm.
I knew there’d be only one someday,” he said a few years back. “I didn’t think it would be me.”
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With the numbers of veterans from WWII dwindling everyday, Mr. Buckles feat of longevity was amazing. He will buried at Arlington National Cemetery with a traditional white marble headstone.
Because Mr. Buckles served just one hitch in the Army and returned from France with no wounds or medals for bravery, he was eligible under Arlington National Cemetery protocols only for inurnment in a vault for cremated remains. In March 2008, however, the Bush administration ordered a rare exception for an old corporal of the so-called war to end all wars, and for the passing of living memory.