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And then there were two ....

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Twirling Time, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member


    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — J. Russell Coffey, the oldest known surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, has died. The retired teacher, one of only three U.S. veterans from the "war to end all wars," was 109.

    The two remaining U.S. veterans are Frank Buckles, 106, of Charles Town, W.Va.; and Harry Richard Landis, 108, of Sun City Center, Fla., according to the Veterans Affairs Department. In addition, John Babcock, 107, of Spokane, Wash., served in the Canadian army and is the last known Canadian veteran of the war.

    Among the other World War I veterans who died this year were Emiliano Mercado del Toro, 115, who ranked as world's oldest person for the last weeks of his life, and Charlotte Winters, 109, the last known American female veteran of the war.
  2. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Two lives.
  3. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    That alone is enough for me to remember the man. Add in a lifetime of service and education and, well, he has to be a hero to handfuls of people.
  4. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I read something recently that leeft me under the impression that Buckles was the oldest living combat veteran of WWI.
  5. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Could be right. The story here was pretty clear that Coffey never saw combat.
  6. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

  7. These men are all older than the Wright Bros. first flight. Never fails to amaze me.
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    It wasn't very long ago (maybe 25 years, I was a kid but still remember) there were bunches and bunches of WWI vets still alive. My great-grandfather was one; he passed away in 1988.

    In another 25 years, we will be down to our last living WWII vets. Keep them in mind if you have any of these in your circle. Very few of them will make it as long as 100 and they will be gone before you know it.
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