Last WWI Veteran, Frank Buckles Dies of Natural Causes

By on Mar 1, 2011 in United States, World Comments

Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving US veteran of World War I (WWI) died early Sunday at the age of 110, several international news sites reported. According to reports, Buckles served on France‘s Western Front as an army corporal who drove an ambulance for the American Expeditionary Forces in 1918. He died of natural causes at his home in Charles Town.

Last WWI Veteran: Frank Buckles
Frank Buckles
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Buckles was born in Missouri in 1901 and was raised in Oklahoma. According to reports, he was repeatedly rejected as he tried to enlist in the marines and the navy. He was finally accepted after convincing an army captain that he was 18, but actually he was just 16 1/2. “I didn’t lie; I just misrepresented,” Buckles said with a laugh during an interview with ABC News in 2009.

Buckles spent more than three years as a civilian prisoner of war in the Philippines. He was trapped in Manila as the US joined World War II when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour.

“We have lost a living link to an important era in our nation’s history. But we have also lost a man of quiet dignity, who dedicated his final years to ensuring the sacrifices of his fellow ‘Doughboys’ are appropriately commemorated,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki was quoted saying.



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