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Arlington Cemetery Makes Historic Exception for World War I Veteran
Salem-News.com ^

Posted on 04/09/2008 7:35:59 PM PDT by SandRat

Frank Buckles apparently doesn't intend to take the offer any time soon. At 107, he still does 50 sit ups a day and lifts weights three times a week.

(MILWAUKIE, Ore.) - Ken Buckles, Executive Director of Oregon's Remembering America's Heroes, has won a long-fought battle – a battle centered around World War One.

For twelve years, Buckles has been recognizing and honoring American Vets through his program at Milwaukie High School where he is also a teacher. But this time it was personal.

Ken Buckles is related to Frank Buckles, America's last living WWI Veteran.

(Excerpt) Read more at salem-news.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: arlington; arlingtoncemetery; cemetery; oregon; usoregon; veteran; wwi

1 posted on 04/09/2008 7:35:59 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: lunarbicep; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; ...

What a Veteran!!!


2 posted on 04/09/2008 7:36:38 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Americans of that era put us all to shame in just about every way.


3 posted on 04/09/2008 7:38:01 PM PDT by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: SandRat

sandrat ,,,, bttt


4 posted on 04/09/2008 7:38:07 PM PDT by piroque
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To: indcons; 2ndDivisionVet; Old Sarge

:’)


5 posted on 04/09/2008 7:43:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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To: All

My bad I thought any vet could be buried at Arlington


6 posted on 04/09/2008 7:57:11 PM PDT by Poetgal26 (God bless the US Military and our vets! (RIP Sgt Matthew Maupin))
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To: SandRat

I was fortunate to know the last officer veteran from WWI. He died 2-3 years ago at age 108.


7 posted on 04/09/2008 8:19:39 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: SandRat
Thank you, Frank Buckles, for your service to our country.


8 posted on 04/09/2008 8:19:58 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Poetgal26

You can if Clinton gets back in. Remember Larry Lawrence?


9 posted on 04/09/2008 8:21:32 PM PDT by OeOeO (maybe I didn't come over on the Mayflower, but I got here as soon as I could" Anton Cermak)
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To: SandRat

I bet he isn’t the last WWI vet who still votes.


10 posted on 04/09/2008 8:37:41 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: SandRat
Here's a salute to this esteemed veteran of WW I.
11 posted on 04/09/2008 8:44:10 PM PDT by Ciexyz (My Comments/Ping List no longer downloads.)
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To: OeOeO
You can if Clinton gets back in. Remember Larry Lawrence?

I certainly do and I don't remember any claim to a MOH or Purple Heart.  He claimed to have been in the Merchant Marine until he was exposed as another Clintonoid prevaricator.

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Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it!
www.AnySoldier.com

12 posted on 04/09/2008 8:46:43 PM PDT by JCG
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To: SandRat

Do they brew beer in MILWAUKIE, Ore. -?


13 posted on 04/09/2008 8:51:14 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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Ross Perot, former U.S. Presidential candidate, took the cause to the White House. In less than two weeks, he had succeeded in securing an internment for Frank Buckles at Arlington National Cemetery.

Chalk one up for good old Ross Perot!!

Perot contacted Ken Buckles personally with the good news. "This is the right thing to do. This needs to happen," Perot said. This marks only the second time in history this exemption has been made, the first was for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Not true, thanks to that scumbag Slick Willie.
14 posted on 04/09/2008 8:51:59 PM PDT by rottndog (Globull Warming "Science" = garbage in, gospel out.)
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To: RedRover; jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; freema; ...
Frank Buckles apparently doesn't intend to take the offer any time soon. At 107, he still does 50 sit ups a day and lifts weights three times a week. He lives with his daughter in Charlestown, West Virginia. He served in the US Army in World War One, was a prisoner of War at Los Banos internment camp in World War Two.

Wow!

15 posted on 04/09/2008 8:52:12 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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He served in the US Army in World War One, was a prisoner of War at Los Banos internment camp in World War Two.... Frank Buckles did not qualify for internment at Arlington as that honor is reserved for Medal of Honor or Purple Heart recipients, or those killed in action.

So let me get this straight - - Frank Buckles did not rate Arlington, but John F'n Kerry does?

16 posted on 04/09/2008 8:54:40 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Any American Prisoner of War under the Japanese deserves to be Buried in Arlington, Especially those from the Battan Death March.

At least before Kerry...


17 posted on 04/09/2008 9:06:09 PM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: Last Dakotan

Don’t know I’ve never been there.


18 posted on 04/09/2008 9:11:17 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Lancey Howard

Heartwarming news, thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 04/09/2008 10:17:04 PM PDT by 4woodenboats (defendourtroops.org defendourmarines.org freeevanvela.com)
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To: SandRat; rottndog

Looks like Ross Perot was all ears!


20 posted on 04/09/2008 10:36:54 PM PDT by Greg123456
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To: Lancey Howard
So let me get this straight - - Frank Buckles did not rate Arlington, but John F'n Kerry does?

Good deal. At least we'll have a place to p*ss!

Here's what I found out; bear in mind that only about 10% of all vets chose to go there, most stay in their home towns. Also, Congress can make any changes it wants to, assuming it can herd the cats effectively.


21 posted on 04/09/2008 10:42:36 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Lancey Howard

So let me get this straight - - Frank Buckles did not rate Arlington, but John F’n Kerry does?

Besides having a purple heart, John Kerry is qualified as being a Senator. I believe being a Senator gives you some qualifications at Arlington IIRC.


22 posted on 04/10/2008 12:27:00 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Lancey Howard
Thanks for the ping, Lancey.

At 107, he still does 50 sit ups a day and lifts weights three times a week.

Wow is right!



Frank Buckles, Last Living WWI Veteran

23 posted on 04/10/2008 4:15:45 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene

“Spunk”

Good on him.


24 posted on 04/10/2008 4:34:25 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Lancey Howard

Excellent! Frank Buckles is one tough old guy. Thanks for the ping, Lancey.


25 posted on 04/10/2008 8:41:47 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Lancey Howard

WOW! WOW! WOW! AWESOME!


26 posted on 04/10/2008 2:16:19 PM PDT by Semper Fi Mom (Mother of a Marine and proud of it!))
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To: Girlene

He looks younger than McCain.


27 posted on 04/10/2008 2:18:15 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: All

Good evening all


28 posted on 04/10/2008 5:17:27 PM PDT by Poetgal26 (God bless the US Military and our vets! (RIP Sgt Matthew Maupin))
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