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RIP Frank Buckles

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by wicked, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    If you don't know the name, he was the last surviving American veteran of World War I. Also was a WWII POW.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/27/wwi.veteran.death/index.html

    He was 110.
     
  2. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    RIP to a tireless crusader for those who fought in the most horrifying warfare know to man.

    I don't know what the funeral plans are, but I imagine this will be something to see.
     
  3. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Wow. My grandmother is very elderly and she was born three years after WWI ended. The life experiences this man had have to have been incredible.
     
  4. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Damn. One of those thread titles I hoped I'd never read.

    Hell of a life. RIP.
     
  5. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Enlisted at 16 and went right to the European theater, where he served as an ambulance driver. RIP to a great man.

    I had the privilege to interview one of Illinois' last surviving WWI vets in 2000. IIRC, he was 114 at the time. I'll always count that among my favorite experiences in journalism. These guys were truly something special.
     
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    RIP Mr. Buckles. Thanks for your service to our country.

    And as an aside, the name "Frank Buckles" is such a great name. It sounds like a name that should be in a comic book or a war novel.
     
  7. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Now we're down to two living WWI vets, only one who fought.
     
  8. RIP, Mr. Buckles.
     
  9. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    I thought they were all gone now. Who's left?
     
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    RIP to a good Okie, born before statehood even (in Missouri, but still).
     
  11. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Looks like it's Claude Stanley Choules of the UK. Now lives in Australia. Born on March 3, 1901.
     
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Godspeed, Mr. Buckles.
     
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