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WV
02-28-2011, 09:07 AM
WWI vet Buckles dies at 110 (http://journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/556973/WWI-vet-Buckles-dies-at-110.html?nav=5006)

Charles Town resident was last surviving soldier to fight in Great War
February 28, 2011 - By Beth Henry and Jamie West, Journal City Editors
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CHARLES TOWN - Frank Woodruff Buckles, renowned locally and across the nation as the last surviving American World War I veteran, passed away Sunday at the age of 110, family spokesman David DeJonge confirmed to The Journal late Sunday night.

Buckles passed away of natural causes around 12:30 a.m. Details for services will be announced later this week, and DeJonge said there is a possibility that Buckles will lie in state, depending on government arrangements.

"We would just like to see the United States honor Mr. Buckles in the best way possible to demonstrate to the entire world true American patriotism," he said.

Buckles enlisted on Aug. 14, 1917, when he was 16 years old, after fibbing about his age to an Army recruiter.

He served two years overseas during WWI, in England and France. He worked as an ambulance driver, and after Armistice Day he was assigned to a prisoner-of-war escort company to help return prisoners back to Germany.

Buckles returned to the United States in 1920 as a corporal.

Years later, he was captured as a prisoner of war at the beginning of World War II, when he was working as a civilian for a shipping company in the Philippines. He spent more than three years in Japanese prison camps in Santo Tomas and Los Banos, and this past Wednesday marked 66 years since Buckles' rescue.

After recovering and returning to the U.S., he met and married his wife, Audrey, in California. They lived in San Francisco for a few years, before they bought Gap View Farm near Charles Town in January 1954 and had their daughter in 1955.

The veteran was recognized many times during his long life. One of his most significant awards came from former French President Jacques Chirac in 1999 at the French Embassy in Washington, when Buckles received the French Legion of Honor pin and spoke to Chirac in French.

Buckles met with President George W. Bush and top Pentagon officials in March 2008, and he received the Distinguished West Virginian Award from then-Gov. Joe Manchin in August 2007.

He is survived by his daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, and her husband.

His family asks that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project to honor Buckles and the 4,734,991 Americans that he served with during WWI.

The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary, a bronze statue and a traveling educational exhibition.

Details can be found at www.frankbuckles.org.

- From staff reports

WV
02-28-2011, 09:08 AM
This guy lived only a few miles from me and being a WWI buff I've always thought it was cool the last surviving soldier was a local.

Sofa King
02-28-2011, 09:10 AM
wow.

110 years old. good lord.

Frazod
02-28-2011, 09:16 AM
My grandfather enlisted in 1918, but the war ended before they could ship him overseas. He died in 1979 at the age 82, only three years older than this guy. He seemed so old to me - hard to wrap my mind around somebody roughly the same age outlasting him by three decades.

DJ's left nut
02-28-2011, 09:25 AM
My grandfather enlisted in 1918, but the war ended before they could ship him overseas. He died in 1979 at the age 82, only three years older than this guy. He seemed so old to me - hard to wrap my mind around somebody roughly the same age outlasting him by three decades.

I've always been more in awe by that when placed in terms of a hypothetical second marriage.

He could've re-married at 70 and had a 40 year marriage.

Dunno why that resonates, except that it highlites the fact that he almost literally could've lived 2 adult lives in the one he had.

siberian khatru
02-28-2011, 09:27 AM
http://www.imageleech.net/data/media/1/well_bye_2.jpg

JOhn
02-28-2011, 09:29 AM
This guy lived only a few miles from me and being a WWII buff I've always thought it was cool the last surviving soldier was a local.

Uhhh Last surviving WW1....

ok, sure you just typed that wrong....

But yea pretty cool deal. And from the sounds of it he deserved a long life,

RIP

DMAC
02-28-2011, 09:30 AM
Living a decade in your hundreds...

gblowfish
02-28-2011, 09:30 AM
Anyone who thinks the French are pussies should study WWI.

WV
02-28-2011, 09:30 AM
Uhhh Last surviving WW1....

ok, sure you just typed that wrong....

But yea pretty cool deal. And from the sounds of it he deserved a long life,

RIP

:doh!: Thanks....fixed it!

Sofa King
02-28-2011, 09:35 AM
Anyone who thinks the French are pussies should study WWI.

They're pussies now.

That's all that matters.

JOhn
02-28-2011, 09:37 AM
Anyone who thinks the French are pussies should study WWI.

I know from studying WW2, they were far from it. The individual solider was very good and one only needs to look at the resistance to see how brave the civilians were.

In the case of WW2, it was the leaders & top brass who doomed the French army. In fact at the time of the invasion the French had more & better tanks than the Germans, but they wasted them by dispersing them and using flawed tactics.

And again it the leadership that today gives them the reputation.
Have a relative who has had the pleasure of working with French soldiers, but Special forces & the regular troops. And he says on a man for man basis they are as well trained and motivated as any solider in the world, far from being pussies. Their leadership on the other hand are all pussies.

DMAC
02-28-2011, 09:39 AM
:doh!: Thanks....fixed it!

Some "buff" you are.

Rain Man
02-28-2011, 09:43 AM
Damn krauts.

JOhn
02-28-2011, 09:45 AM
Damn krauts.

:LOL:

Well that and the Jap's in WW2 :thumb:

DJ's left nut
02-28-2011, 09:55 AM
I know from studying WW2, they were far from it. The individual solider was very good and one only needs to look at the resistance to see how brave the civilians were.

In the case of WW2, it was the leaders & top brass who doomed the French army. In fact at the time of the invasion the French had more & better tanks than the Germans, but they wasted them by dispersing them and using flawed tactics.

And again it the leadership that today gives them the reputation.
Have a relative who has had the pleasure of working with French soldiers, but Special forces & the regular troops. And he says on a man for man basis they are as well trained and motivated as any solider in the world, far from being pussies. Their leadership on the other hand are all pussies.

Why do I get the feeling we'll be hearing this about the US Military in 25 years?

gblowfish
02-28-2011, 10:36 AM
Why do I get the feeling we'll be hearing this about the US Military in 25 years?

In the Battle of Verdun alone, 700,000 casualties in less than one year on a single battlefield less than 10 square kilometers in size.

That's a horrendous killing field. Unbelievable carnage.

http://www.wereldoorlog1418.nl/battleverdun/index.htm

Frazod
02-28-2011, 10:39 AM
In the Battle of Verdun alone, 700,000 casualties in less than one year on a single battlefield less than 10 square kilometers in size.

That's a horrendous killing field. Unbelievable carnage.

http://www.wereldoorlog1418.nl/battleverdun/index.htm

World War I was horrific - Idiotic commanders employing Napoleonic battle tactics versus modern weapons.

Donger
02-28-2011, 10:41 AM
The French never recovered from Agincourt. Ever since, they've been kind of spiky and, well, French.

gblowfish
02-28-2011, 10:49 AM
World War I was horrific - Idiotic commanders employing Napoleonic battle tactics versus modern weapons.

Verdun wasn't even the worst battle. Check out this list:
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-bloodiest-battles-of-world-war-i.php

Frazod
02-28-2011, 11:02 AM
Verdun wasn't even the worst battle. Check out this list:
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-bloodiest-battles-of-world-war-i.php

God reading that was depressing. :(

WV
02-28-2011, 11:07 AM
World War I was horrific - Idiotic commanders employing Napoleonic battle tactics versus modern weapons.
It was horrific and amazing all at the same time. Black Jack Pershing has to be one of the greatest if not greatest commanders in US history. What he accomplished was nothing short of amazing.

DJ's left nut
02-28-2011, 11:08 AM
God reading that was depressing. :(

WWI is probably the single dumbest war ever fought.

It was essentially an accidental battle that turned into a global conflict due to nothing but the ego of a few key leaders.

Then you have to factor in the fact that the way it crippled Germany led directly to WWII.

I shudder to think about how the history books will treat WWI in a couple hundred years. "Yes, children, this is how goddamn stupid humanity was in the early 1900s..."

LiveSteam
02-28-2011, 12:17 PM
I forget the name of the disease. But millions more died world wide from it. After the solders came home with this disease .

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351. Known as "Spanish Flu" or "La Grippe" the influenza of 1918-1919 was a global disaster.
http://virus.stanford.edu/uda/

Donger
02-28-2011, 12:18 PM
I forget the name of the disease. But millions more died world wide from it. After the solders came home with this disease .

Influenza.