Last WWI Veteran Passes Away

The last Doughboy has died. He was 110.

Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110. Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.

Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia. (H/TKim)

Godspeed, Corporal Buckles. Thank you for your service.

17 thoughts on “Last WWI Veteran Passes Away

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  2. Ingineer66

    RIP Corporal Buckles. When I was a kid the WWI vet that lived across the street died. His wife showed us a letter from the President describing his service and how his lungs had been affected by the inhalation of Mustard Gas. My dad called the newspaper and they came out and did a story. Times were a little different back then.

  3. Dustyvet

    Day is done, gone the sun
    From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
    All is well, safely rest
    God is near.
    Fading light dims the sight
    And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
    From afar, drawing near
    Falls the night.
    Thanks and praise for our days
    Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
    As we go, this we know
    God is near.

  4. Bob G.

    It’s SO sad to see the end of an ERA pass away.
    Now, the only records we have regarding WWI (the war to end all wars) is that which have already been archived…no additions to this part of history can be made…
    Next stop – WWII.

    R.I.P. Cpl. Buckles.
    There will always be those of us that will remember.

    Dustyvet: Excellent poem – thanks for sharing.

    Stay safe.

  5. Wyatt Earp Post author

    JT – Seconded.

    Real – He definitely got his money’s worth out of life.

    Ingineer66 – Yeah, before people started spitting on soldiers.

    Dustyvet – Fantastic.

    Bob G. – And we’re losing them at an alarming rate. Sad.

  6. Dr. Evil

    Damn, Buckles last through the Great War and as a POW in the Phillipines. That is amazing, especially because it is well documented the Japanese were not so big on taking prisoners.

  7. Mike47

    Godspeed, Cpl. Buckles, on your path to Fiddler’s Green. May all your old buddies be there to meet you.

    For those too young to remember, Dustyvet’s poem contains the words that accompany the playing of “Taps”.

  8. RT

    Thank God for folks like him willing to serve their country out of a compelling need to serve.

    May they all rest in peace.

  9. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Mike47 – I did not know that. Thanks!

    RT – Agreed.

    Old NFO – Amen. May he rest is peace.

    Roger – The original greatest generation.

  10. Kim

    I tried commenting on this last night, but the battery died.

    Charlie read about this in the local newsletter and has been asking questions. I have been neglegent. He knows about WWII but not about WWI. I will be remedying this. I just wish it didn’t take the death of the last WWI vet for me to realize this.

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