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. (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.