Monday, February 28, 2011

Last U.S. World War I veteran Frank W. Buckles dies at 110

By Paul Duggan at The Washington Post

Frank W. Buckles receives an American flag during 2008 Memorial Day activities at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Buckles, the last known survivor of that war, died at 110.

Frank W. Buckles receives an American flag during 2008 Memorial Day activities at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Buckles, the last known survivor of that war, died at 110. (Charlie Riedel - AP)


Monday, February 28, 2011; 7:53 AM

Frank W. Buckles died early Sunday, sadly yet not unexpectedly at age 110, having achieved a singular feat of longevity that left him proud and a bit bemused.

In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I, and Mr. Buckles, a cordial fellow of gentle humor, was the last known survivor. "I knew there'd be only one someday," he said a few years back. "I didn't think it would be me."

His daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, said Mr. Buckles, a widower, died of natural causes on his West Virginia farm, where she had been caring for him.

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