Last US WWI Vet Dead at 110
Frank Buckles was final survivor of 5 million Americans who served
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2011 1:55 AM CST
Frank Buckles' 1917 enlistment photo into the US Army. Buckles quit school aged 16 and hoodwinked recruiters into letting him sign up.   (AP Photo/courtesy of the Buckles Family/file)

(Newser) – The last doughboy has died. Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, died peacefully of natural causes at his farm in West Virginia at age 110, the Washington Post reports. Buckles, who was born in Missouri in 1901, lied about his age to get into the military at 16 and served as an ambulance driver in France. In World War II, he spent three and a half years as a civilian prisoner of war in the Philippines after being captured by the Japanese.

Buckles, who appeared before Congress in 2009 to make the case for creating a national World War I memorial, spent several years as the last survivor of the almost 5 million Americans who served in the conflict. "I knew there'd be only one someday," he said a few years ago. "I didn't think it would be me." Thanks to a special exemption ordered by George W. Bush in 2008, Buckles will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery despite not having a Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, or having been killed in action.

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wcywing
Feb 28, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Rest in Peace.
Communist.Fool
Feb 28, 2011 8:35 AM CST
At-least he died in his sleep and was modest about it. They better make a WW1 Memorial. Though that was a brutal war it was one of the last gentlemen's wars. It also cast upon the world years of misery due to the Treaty of Versailles. Any-who, god bless him. I hope he is in a better place. Free from War, conflict, human misery and all around corruption.
finkster
Feb 28, 2011 4:48 AM CST
Well done sir and RIP....wait that sounds creepy...who wants to rest forever?....enjoy the hell out of the next life...wait I don't mean hell...aaahhh never mind.