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uplink5
02-28-2011, 00:23
God bless you sir, Rest In Peace....



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Frank Buckles, who lied about his age to get into uniform during World War I and lived to be the last surviving U.S. veteran of that war, has died. He was 110.

Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died peacefully of natural causes early Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. Buckles turned 110 on Feb. 1 and had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of the Great War in Washington, D.C.

When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last of his kind, he said simply, "I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me." And he told The Associated Press he would have done it all over again, "without a doubt."

On Nov. 11, 2008, the 90th anniversary of the end of the war, Buckles attended a ceremony at the grave of World War I Gen. John Pershing in Arlington National Cemetery.

"I can see what they're honoring, the veterans of World War I," he told CNN.



This August 1917 file photo provided by the Buckles Family shows Frank Buckles' enlistment photo into the U.S. Army.
He was back in Washington a year later to endorse a proposal to rededicate the existing World War I memorial on the National Mall as the official National World War I Memorial. He told a Senate panel it was "an excellent idea." The memorial was originally built to honor District of Columbia's war dead.

Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States entered the "war to end all wars" in April 1917. He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18. He was 16.

"A boy of (that age), he's not afraid of anything. He wants to get in there," Buckles said.

Details for services and arrangements will be announced later this week. The family asks that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project. The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary and traveling educational exhibition.

More than 4.7 million people joined the U.S. military from 1917-18. As of spring 2007, only three were still alive, according to a tally by the Department of Veterans Affairs: Buckles, J. Russell Coffey of Ohio and Harry Richard Landis of Florida.

The dwindling roster prompted a flurry of public interest, and Buckles went to Washington in May 2007 to serve as grand marshal of the national Memorial Day parade.

Coffey died Dec. 20, 2007, at age 109, while Landis died Feb. 4, 2008, at 108. Unlike Buckles, those two men were still in basic training in the United States when the war ended and did not make it overseas.

The last known Canadian veteran of the war, John Babcock of Spokane, Wash., died in February 2010.

There are no French or German veterans of the war left alive.

Buckles served in England and France, working mainly as a driver and a warehouse clerk. The fact he did not see combat didn't diminish his service, he said: "Didn't I make every effort?"

An eager student of culture and language, he used his off-duty hours to learn German, visit cathedrals, museums and tombs, and bicycle in the French countryside.

After Armistice Day, Buckles helped return prisoners of war to Germany. He returned to the United States in January 1920.

Buckles returned to Oklahoma for a while, then moved to Canada, where he worked a series of jobs before heading for New York City. There, he again took advantage of free museums, worked out at the YMCA, and landed jobs in banking and advertising.

But it was the shipping industry that suited him best, and he worked around the world for the White Star Line Steamship Co. and W.R. Grace & Co.

In 1941, while on business in the Philippines, Buckles was captured by the Japanese. He spent 3 years in prison camps.

"I was never actually looking for adventure," Buckles once said. "It just came to me."

He married in 1946 and moved to his farm in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle in 1954, where he and wife Audrey raised their daughter, Susannah Flanagan. Audrey Buckles died in 1999.

In spring 2007, Buckles told the AP of the trouble he went through to get into the military.

"I went to the state fair up in Wichita, Kansas, and while there, went to the recruiting station for the Marine Corps," he said. "The nice Marine sergeant said I was too young when I gave my age as 18, said I had to be 21."

Buckles returned a week later.

"I went back to the recruiting sergeant, and this time I was 21," he said with a grin. "I passed the inspection ... but he told me I just wasn't heavy enough."

Then he tried the Navy, whose recruiter told Buckles he was flat-footed.

Buckles wouldn't quit. In Oklahoma City, an Army captain demanded a birth certificate.

"I told him birth certificates were not made in Missouri when I was born, that the record was in a family Bible. I said, 'You don't want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?'" Buckles said with a laugh. "He said, 'OK, we'll take you.'"

He enlisted Aug. 14, 1917, serial number 15577.

Tatonka316
02-28-2011, 06:20
Rest in Peace, Warrior. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice and your example for all these years. You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten.

molon labe

glebo
02-28-2011, 06:22
Such a shame. Thank you for what you've done for us. God Bless and RIP Sir.

The great ones.....they're going fast..

bravo22b
02-28-2011, 06:50
RIP Mr. Buckles, and thank you for your service.

The Reaper
02-28-2011, 08:02
RIP, Sir.

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice.

TR

fng13
02-28-2011, 09:12
RIP, Sir. Congratulations on living such a full life.

Raine_n_Roses
02-28-2011, 09:29
Thank you Sir for your Courage and Valor. RIP

booker
02-28-2011, 10:06
Rest in Peace, sir. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.

JJ_BPK
02-28-2011, 10:39
RIP Warrior, Vaya con Dios..

MK262MOD1
02-28-2011, 11:15
RIP Sir,

You have earned it.

End of a Generation.

I think I will read H.W. Mcbride's two books this week.

A Rifleman went to War, and
The Emma Gees.


Both great WW1 books.

greenberetTFS
02-28-2011, 11:19
God Bless You,Rest in Peace Warrior.........:(

Big Teddy

Dusty
02-28-2011, 13:09
God bless you and rest in peace.

Agoge2
02-28-2011, 13:36
RIP Sir and thank you for your service and sacrifice. You served as a great example for us to emulate and you will not be forgotten.

akv
02-28-2011, 13:36
Rest In Peace and Thank You

Truckie117
02-28-2011, 16:17
Thank You Frank. God Bless Rest in Peace.
He was also a prisoner of war as a civilian during WWII.

Gypsy
02-28-2011, 18:42
Rest in Peace, Mr. Buckles. May your reunion with your Brothers be an incredible one.

We shall not forget you!

BoyScout
02-28-2011, 21:25
Rest in peace sir.

TrapLine
03-01-2011, 14:19
Rest in peace, Sir. May God Bless you and keep you.

Rogue
03-02-2011, 09:07
Rest in Peace.

LarryW
03-02-2011, 11:53
Sleep in the arms of the Lord, soldier.

fm Gypsy: We shall not forget you!

Hope you're right, Gypsy.

gundog
03-02-2011, 20:27
Rest in Peace Sir. The time will come to all of us, but to see the last of an era pass is always difficult. May God hold you and all of your brothers in his care.

Jim

cetheridge
03-03-2011, 00:39
Rest In Peace, Mr. Buckles. Thank you for your service to our country, Sir!

Sharkgator
03-07-2011, 17:36
Sharkgator;

There are lots of WW I related stories that could be posted here - but we don't.

Focus

Pete

Red Flag 1
03-07-2011, 17:51
Rest In God's Peace Soldier.

SouthernDZ
03-11-2011, 18:38
********** UNCLASSIFIED /// PRIVACY MARK UNDEFINED ****************

ADDRESSEES PASS TO ALL SUBORDINATE COMMANDS

REF/A/DOC/PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION 28 FEB 11//
REF A IS PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION HONORING DEATH OF ARMY CORPORAL FRANK W. BUCKLES, LAST SURVIVING AMERICAN VETERAN OF WORLD WAR I.//

1. PER REF A, IN HONOR OF THE MEMORY OF ARMY COPORAL FRANK W. BUCKLES, THE LAST SURVIVING AMERICAN VETERAN OF WORLD WAR I, AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE GENERATION OF AMERICAN VETERANS OF WORLD WAR I, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS APPROVED A PROCLAMATION DIRECTING THAT THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF ON THE DAY OF HIS INTERMENT, 15 MARCH 11.

2. THE FLAG SHALL BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF ON ALL DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUILDINGS, GROUNDS AND NAVAL VESSELS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD.

RELEASED BY MICHAEL L. BRUHN, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

219seminole
03-11-2011, 22:32
According to the obit in the Washington Post, the funeral is Tuesday, March 15, @1600, at Arlington National Cemetery.

lindy
03-14-2011, 14:12
********** UNCLASSIFIED /// PRIVACY MARK UNDEFINED ****************

ADDRESSEES PASS TO ALL SUBORDINATE COMMANDS

REF/A/DOC/PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION 28 FEB 11//
REF A IS PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION HONORING DEATH OF ARMY CORPORAL FRANK W. BUCKLES, LAST SURVIVING AMERICAN VETERAN OF WORLD WAR I.//

1. PER REF A, IN HONOR OF THE MEMORY OF ARMY COPORAL FRANK W. BUCKLES, THE LAST SURVIVING AMERICAN VETERAN OF WORLD WAR I, AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE GENERATION OF AMERICAN VETERANS OF WORLD WAR I, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS APPROVED A PROCLAMATION DIRECTING THAT THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF ON THE DAY OF HIS INTERMENT, 15 MARCH 11.

2. THE FLAG SHALL BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF ON ALL DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUILDINGS, GROUNDS AND NAVAL VESSELS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD.

RELEASED BY MICHAEL L. BRUHN, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Just wanted to remind everyone about tomorrow.

Chris Cram
03-15-2011, 12:37
Flags to be lowered by order of the President of the United States until sundown Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber today ordered all flags at public institutions be flown at half-staff throughout Oregon in honor of Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving American Veteran of World War I.

The order is at the request of President Obama, who ordered today that all U.S. flags be lowered immediately and flown at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

For the text of the presidential proclamation, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/28/presidential-proclamation-death-army-corporal-frank-w-buckles-last-survi



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tom kelly
03-28-2011, 16:17
SFC. Ricardo G. Davis D O B. 3/17/1941
Date of Casuality 07/11/1974 in LZ Laos; Hostile Fire, Died while missing; Body not Recovered, Ground Casuality. Age when SFC. Davis became a casuality was 33 yrs. His name is on "THE WALL" Panel 29W- Line 87. Rick was a member of the 1st SFG (Abn) in 1964 and had many deployments to Vietnam & other areas of operation in south east Asia. Rick, Sorry I missed your birthday this year will miss you at the 1st Group Reunion in Tampa, FL. June,17 2011. There are not many of us left from C Company 1st SFG (Abn) that were on Okinawa in 1964 & went down South. Still miss you, as do the other guy's still around, Earl Bleacher and Ron Wingo. R I P Tom Kelly.

greenberetTFS
06-17-2011, 14:07
Is now at rest..... All the Doughboys are home......:(

Frank Buckles 1901-2011...... Last U.S. WW1 Veteran was also liberated from Las Banos Prison Camp by the 11th Airborne combat jump on 23 Feb 1945.......He served in WW2 in the Philippines and was captured during the Japanese invasion in 1941.....:(

God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior ............:(

Big Teddy

Dusty
06-17-2011, 15:04
Prayers out