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    Frank Buckles, Last World War I Doughboy, Is Dead at 110

    Frank Buckles, who drove an Army ambulance in France in 1918 and came to symbolize a generation of embattled young Americans as the last of the World War I doughboys, died on Sunday at his home in Charles Town, W. Va. He was 110.

    The Marines turned him down as under-age and under the required weight. The Navy didn’t want him either, saying he had flat feet. But the Army took him in August 1917 after he had lied about his age, and he volunteered to be an ambulance driver, hearing that that was the quickest path to service in France.

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    More than eight decades after World War I ended, Mr. Buckles retained images of his French comrades. And he thought back to the fate that awaited them.

    “What I have a vivid memory of is the French soldiers — being in a small village and going in to a local wine shop in the evening,” he told a Library of Congress interviewer. “They had very, very little money. But they were having wine and singing the ‘Marseillaise’ with enthusiasm. And I inquired, ‘What is the occasion?’ They were going back to the front. Can you imagine that?”
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    Thank You Mr. Buckles and all your Brothers in Arms. You represent the very best America has and had to offer, and represent a responsibility I long to see return. God Bless You Sir.

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    Last American WWI Veteran Dies

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 – Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving American World War I veteran, died yesterday at his West Virginia home. He was 110.
    And so, another era of history, both American and World, sinks into the sunset, and is now dust. But the memory of those who fought, what was considered at the time to be the War to End All Wars, will continue to live on.

    Rest in peace, Cpl. Buckles. You will never be forgotten.

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    Re: Last American WWI Veteran Dies

    So, how many threads on this do we really need?
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    Re: Frank Buckles, Last World War I Doughboy, Is Dead at 110

    I could not agree more.

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    Re: Last American WWI Veteran Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    So, how many threads on this do we really need?
    Seems that both threads were posted at the exact same time - An honest double post on the same subject. No need to be sarcastic about it. Would have been better, and would have shown a little class, to simply pay respects to a good soldier, who represents the passing of an age.

    Mods - Please merge both threads. Thank you.
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    Re: Last American WWI Veteran Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Seems that both threads were posted at the exact same time - An honest double post on the same subject. No need to be sarcastic about it. Would have been better, and would have shown a little class, to simply pay respects to a good soldier, who represents the passing of an age.

    Mods - Please merge both threads. Thank you.
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    Re: Last American WWI Veteran Dies

    May he rest well.

    Now I hope we can move on and stop dwelling on WWI so much.

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    Re: Last American WWI Veteran Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    May he rest well.

    Now I hope we can move on and stop dwelling on WWI so much.
    Who dwells om world war I?

    Its hardly ever mentioned around here.

    Perhaps youre confused, there was a second one...

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    Re: Frank Buckles, Last World War I Doughboy, Is Dead at 110

    Moderator's Warning:
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    Re: Frank Buckles, Last World War I Doughboy, Is Dead at 110

    He was also a civilian POW in a Japanese camp for 3 years during WWII....
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