Monday, February 28, 2011

The Last Surviving U.S. Veteran Of World War I Has Died

Frank Buckles, Last World War I Doughboy, Is Dead At 110 -- New York Times

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.

His death was announced by a family spokesman, David DeJonge, The Associated Press said.

He was only a corporal and he never got closer than 30 or so miles from the Western Front trenches, but Mr. Buckles became something of a national treasure as the last living link to the two million men who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France in “the war to end all wars.”

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More News On The Passing Of Frank Buckles

Frank Buckles, America's last WWI veteran, dies aged 110 -- BBC
Frank Buckles, last American veteran of World War I, dies at 110 -- L.A. Times
Frank Buckles: What the last doughboy wanted for other veterans -- Christian Science Monitor
Last U.S. veteran of World War One dies at 110 -- Reuters
America's last World War I veteran dies -- AFP
Frank Buckles, Last Remaining American World War I Vet, Dies at 110 -- Time Magazine
America's last surviving veteran of World War I dies aged 110 years old -- The Daily Mail

My comment: Truly the end of an era.

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