Only living American WWI vet turns 109

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    CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.

    America's last surviving World War I veteran is now 109.

    Frank Woodruff Buckles celebrated his birthday Monday with family and friends at his home in West Virginia.

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    Buckles, who was born in Harrison County, Mo., says he hopes to celebrate at least a few more.

    And he has one wish that he's waiting on Congress to grant: Buckles wants to see the dedication of a new World War I memorial in Washington, D.C.

    Among those at his party was biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge, who calls Buckles an international icon and patriot.

    DeJonge is working on a documentary film he says should take about a year to complete. He hopes to release Buckles' story in late 2011 or early 2012.


    http://kai03.qwest.com/WindowsLive/...ient=landingpage&qid=113rso552ne1di554vqvwp55


    A few details...


    He was born in Harrison County, Missouri, and enlisted at the beginning of the United States' involvement in World War I in April 1917. Before being accepted into the army he was turned down by the marines due to his weight. Also, he was only 15, so he had to lie about his age stating he was 18. Yet, he actually had to be 21. Soon after he visited his aunt in Florida and came back and stated he was now 21.

    During his time in service for the United States Army, Frank was stationed in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France. Buckles was sent to France in 1917 at age 16, where he was a driver; after the Armistice was signed in 1918, he escorted prisoners of war back to Germany. In 1919, after the war had ended, Frank Buckles was stationed in Germany, and he was discharged from service in 1920 having achieved the rank of corporal. In the Second World War, in the 1940s, Buckles was a civilian working for an American shipping line. He was captured by the Japanese, however, and spent three years in a Japanese prison camp during most of that war.


    http://www.itsjustwar.com/2008/03/world-war-i-frank-woodruff-buckles.html
     
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    I bet the WWI service was a cake walk compared to a Japanese POW camp.
     

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    A real man who has my respect, I'd love the opportunity to speak with him and just listen.
     
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    He will always be remembered in history books as the last surviving WW1 service member. Thanks for your service Mr. Buckles. He does look young in his WW1 picture. I am sure they were hard up for recruits and probably looked the other way for alot of under age kids.
     
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    Not too many people live to see a whole century go by and live through 2 wars(the Japanese were not known to be nice) in the process

    Thanks for posting this
     
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    Of the 16 million who put on uniforms for WWI only four are left.

    Frank Buckles, USA.
    Claude Choules, Great Britain.
    Florence Green, Great Britain, female army corps, waitress.
    John Babcock, Canada, never deployed due to age.
     
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