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Last WWI Veteran Passes Away

By Wyatt Earp | February 28, 2011

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.

Topics: The Troops | 17 Comments »

17 Responses to “Last WWI Veteran Passes Away”

  1. JT Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    RIP, sir.

    And thank you.

  2. realwest Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    RIP Corporal Buckles and thank you for your service to our nation.
    Sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.

  3. So Long Corporal Buckles | Snowflakes in Hell Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    [...] Frank Buckles, the last WWI veteran for the United States, has died at 110. [...]

  4. Ingineer66 Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    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.

  5. Dustyvet Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    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.

  6. Bob G. Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    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    Now, the only records we have regarding WWI (the war to end all wars) is that which have already been archived…no additions to this part of history can be made…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.

  7. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    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.

  8. Dr. Evil Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    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.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Dr. Evil – Lucky, lucky man. Lived a very full life.

  10. Mike47 Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    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”.

  11. RT Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

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

    May they all rest in peace.

  12. Old NFO Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    RIP sir, RIP…

  13. RogerDee Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    An amazing patriot. RIP sir. (salutes)

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Mike47 – I did not know that. Thanks!

    RT – Agreed.

    Old NFO – Amen. May he rest is peace.

    Roger – The original greatest generation.

  15. Rick Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    May he Rest In Peace

  16. Kim Says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    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.

  17. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Kim – I’m the same way. I just bought a book on WWI because I know so little about it.