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May 27, 2008

Last known WWI vet gets Memorial Day Honors (genghis)

Just wanted to slip this over the transom before the Big Guy wakes up, and while its still Memorial Day (at least in Hawaii, our 57th state.)

AP story courtesy of an obscure website.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last known living American-born veteran of World War I, was honored Sunday at the Liberty Memorial during Memorial Day weekend celebrations. "I had a feeling of longevity and that I might be among those who survived, but I didn't know I'd be the No. 1," the 107-year-old veteran said at a ceremony to unveil his portrait.
And,
Buckles sailed for England in 1917 on the Carpathia, which is known for its rescue of Titanic survivors, and spent his tour of duty working mainly as a driver and a warehouse clerk in Germany and France. He rose to the rank of corporal and after Armistice Day he helped return prisoners of war to Germany. Buckles later traveled the world working for the shipping company White Star Line and was in the Philippines in 1940 when the Japanese invaded. He became a prisoner of war for nearly three years.
Slacker. AP does its best to put a morbid spin on it though:
Federal officials have also arranged for his burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

warmongers!

I would give Gabes missing ear just to spend an afternoon listening to this guys stories.


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