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Last living U.S. WWI veteran dies
CNN ^ | 02-27-2011 | staff

Posted on 02/27/2011 8:39:21 PM PST by Red Badger

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

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: breaking; buckles; frankbuckles; godsgravesglyphs; obitury; rip; thegreatwar; veteran; westvirginia; wwi
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1 posted on 02/27/2011 8:39:22 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Rest in peace and thank you.


2 posted on 02/27/2011 8:43:41 PM PST by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: Red Badger

God’s speed and thank you. May you find everlasting comfort and rest in the arms of God.


3 posted on 02/27/2011 8:45:25 PM PST by txroadkill (My tagline disagreed with me and then fled the state)
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To: Red Badger
Hero... God bless you, your family and the country you gave your all for... time for new hero's to step up and honor him and those before us and defend the constitution...
4 posted on 02/27/2011 8:47:20 PM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: Red Badger

A chapter of our history is closed. The end of an era, the last soldier standing.

RIP Frank Buckles.


5 posted on 02/27/2011 8:49:03 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Red Badger

I hope there are plans for a state funeral and/or flags at half mast nationwide in honor of that entire generation.


6 posted on 02/27/2011 8:54:53 PM PST by Cousin Eddie
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To: Volunteer

Ditto!


7 posted on 02/27/2011 8:54:54 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Red Badger

Here is a trailer for a film about him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZoaUf3fvQg


8 posted on 02/27/2011 8:56:10 PM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Red Badger

Rest in peace, Mr. Buckles. Thank you for your service.


9 posted on 02/27/2011 8:56:21 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Red Badger
Rest In Peace, Frank Buckles.
A grateful nation is truly appreciative of your service.

10 posted on 02/27/2011 8:56:29 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Free Vulcan

Also survived 3 years as a civilian POW in the Philippines during WW2.


11 posted on 02/27/2011 9:00:04 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: PghBaldy

He also spent 3 1/2 years in a Japanese prison camps.


12 posted on 02/27/2011 9:00:24 PM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Red Badger

RIP, Sir. Just think the link to our history. He grew up acquainted with Civil War veterans.


13 posted on 02/27/2011 9:00:35 PM PST by Ghengis
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To: Red Badger

May he rest in eternal peace, knowing that when it mattered, he did make a difference.

One era dies and another begins.


14 posted on 02/27/2011 9:01:04 PM PST by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: Red Badger
RIP


15 posted on 02/27/2011 9:03:26 PM PST by Azzurri
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To: Cousin Eddie
flags at half mast nationwide

Yes, that's a great idea. As the last representative of the doughboys, Mr. Buckles certainly deserves it.

16 posted on 02/27/2011 9:05:47 PM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern, you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: SandRat; Kathy in Alaska; SLB
The last of a generation has gone home to be with his comrades in arms.

RIP Frank Buckles, we thank you for your service.

17 posted on 02/27/2011 9:07:00 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: Ghengis

And Civil War veterans were acquainted with American Revolution veterans. Indeed, the links are remarkable.


18 posted on 02/27/2011 9:09:57 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Red Badger

Holy mackerel ... he slowed down after his last birthday, at 109. Said by his daughter, who’s probably tapping 80 or more. What incredible genes they must have. God Bless Mr. Buckles for his long life, and service to our country.


19 posted on 02/27/2011 9:10:09 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Cousin Eddie

RIP

“I hope there are plans for a state funeral and/or flags at half mast nationwide in honor of that entire generation.”

Given the current regime, I would be quite surprised if that were to happen....


20 posted on 02/27/2011 9:12:39 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Frank_2001

I saw a flag at half mast here in FL today, and I said, I wonder who that is for. Could it be for this man?


21 posted on 02/27/2011 9:14:52 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: chrisinoc

Absolutely amazing. Thank you and God Bless you, Frank Buckles. Prayers for Corporal Buckles and his family.


22 posted on 02/27/2011 9:18:28 PM PST by TAdams8591
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To: Red Badger

Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.


23 posted on 02/27/2011 9:18:35 PM PST by Texas56
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To: Free Vulcan

And now WWI passes into history - like the Spanish-American War or the Civil War.

When the last soldier dies, a sense that we are part of that history dies with him. For those of us who grew up with WWI vets, it was a living war and living memory.

As of today, WWI will be nothing more than grainy black and photos in a text book.

RIP Frank Buckles and thank you!


24 posted on 02/27/2011 9:21:27 PM PST by PhilosopherStone1000 (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2649877/posts)
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

Well put.


25 posted on 02/27/2011 9:23:49 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Red Badger

Wow, very sad to see a chapter close on our history.

My grandfather was a WWI vet, who died in the 1980s.

The last WWI vet I knew died at 107, a few years ago.


26 posted on 02/27/2011 9:26:17 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: Red Badger; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died

God bless you, sir and THANK YOU for your brave service to our country.

More about Frank Woodruff Buckles:

Pershing's Last Patriot - The Story of Frank Woodruff Buckles - America's Last Veteran of World War I

YouTube video - 2:38 minutes:

Pershing's Last Patriot - Teaser Trailer (Extended)

***

My grandfather was a WWI veteran. He courageously served in the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division in the trenches of France, alongside "Sergeant Stubby", the most decorated war dog of World War I.

Sergeant Stubby: A Connecticut Hero

God bless all members of our military - past and present.

27 posted on 02/27/2011 9:27:40 PM PST by nutmeg (God bless Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin)
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To: Red Badger; Stonewall Jackson; StarCMC; HiJinx; SandRat; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; ...

TAPS

RIP

Cpl Frank Buckles, USA
Last WWI Veteran


Amazing Grace

28 posted on 02/27/2011 9:30:40 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Red Badger

God bless his family, his memory, and may his nation long remember thankfully his service.


29 posted on 02/27/2011 9:36:38 PM PST by patriot preacher
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To: PhilosopherStone1000
And now WWI passes into history - like the Spanish-American War or the Civil War.

When the last soldier dies, a sense that we are part of that history dies with him. For those of us who grew up with WWI vets, it was a living war and living memory.

I agree. When I was a small child in the early 1950s there were thousands of WWI and even quite a few Spanish American War vets still around. I think that there may have been a Civil War vet or two still alive at that time too.

30 posted on 02/27/2011 9:38:50 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

May Cpl. Frank Buckles rest in God’s peace.


31 posted on 02/27/2011 9:43:00 PM PST by Fawnn (Fawnn.com and AccessibilityJournal.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: Red Badger

All honors to him and may he rest in peace.


32 posted on 02/27/2011 9:45:28 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Cousin Eddie

Absolutely!


33 posted on 02/27/2011 9:58:09 PM PST by matt04
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

I remember when I was a kid, it seemed like most kids’ grandpas were WWI vets. Mine was too.

I’m getting old for sure.


34 posted on 02/27/2011 9:59:35 PM PST by AnalogReigns
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To: Red Badger

Heaven's Bivouac:"All present and accounted for, sir".

35 posted on 02/27/2011 10:06:00 PM PST by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: Red Badger

God bless him.


36 posted on 02/27/2011 10:08:45 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

God bless him. May he rest in peace.


37 posted on 02/27/2011 10:18:28 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Red Badger

Funny when you’re dead how people start listening...I didn’t know the last WWI veteran was still around like that.


38 posted on 02/27/2011 10:24:44 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Bookmark this site, you'll like it: TheArmedCitizen.com)
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

There are still 2 WW1 Veterans alive, one in England and one in Australia.

At 109 and 110 themselves, they all will be gone before long.


39 posted on 02/27/2011 10:28:43 PM PST by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: DakotaRed

Hey Frankie, thanks for your service, I will see you on the other side...Thanks Frankie...


40 posted on 02/27/2011 10:34:23 PM PST by BooBoo1000
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To: DakotaRed

Hey Frankie, thanks for your service, I will see you on the other side...Thanks Frankie...


41 posted on 02/27/2011 10:34:29 PM PST by BooBoo1000
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To: Larry Lucido
“And Civil War veterans were acquainted with American Revolution veterans. Indeed, the links are remarkable.”

1770’s to 1860’s. I don't think there would be much of a link. Even War of 1812 would be a stretch. But I would agree Soldiers have a link with previous generations. Military traditions help ensure that.

42 posted on 02/27/2011 10:37:10 PM PST by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: Red Badger

May God bless Mr. Buckles and all of our World War I heroes.

We will forever be in debt to you for your honorable service to this great nation.


43 posted on 02/27/2011 10:43:00 PM PST by DestroyLiberalism
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To: Ghengis

I remember marching with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in parades with WWI vets. I guess they were about 60 then, about the same age as Cpl. Buckles, 110.


44 posted on 02/27/2011 10:52:34 PM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: nutmeg

My grandfather, too, was a WWI veteran, and endured WMD (mustard gas) during his service in the trenches.

Grandpa died back in the early 1960s, but he had led a full life as a native born American though a full-blooded ethnic German, born and reared in Ohio. He hated the Kaiser, fighting with the Americans, and despised and hated Hitler as a tyrant.


45 posted on 02/27/2011 10:59:10 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Red Badger

God bless you Frank Buckles. Thank you. Your memory, and what you acheived will live on.

Thank you God for such a magnificent man. We return him to you. AMEN


46 posted on 02/27/2011 11:01:43 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: PghBaldy

Thank you for posting that.


47 posted on 02/27/2011 11:07:05 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Red Badger
Soldier rest, Gently pressed,
To the calm, Mother Earth's
Waiting breast;
Duty done, Like the sun:
Going West.
flag best half mast
Photobucket
Thank you for your service.

48 posted on 02/27/2011 11:09:03 PM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: Red Badger

A chapter of our history is closed. God bless.


49 posted on 02/27/2011 11:09:55 PM PST by colinhester
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To: SatinDoll
My grandfather, too, was a WWI veteran, and endured WMD (mustard gas) during his service in the trenches.

Oh, my grandfather told us about that horrible mustard gas! We still have his helmet and his gas mask from WWI.

Grandpa died back in the early 1960s, but he had led a full life as a native born American though a full-blooded ethnic German, born and reared in Ohio. He hated the Kaiser, fighting with the Americans, and despised and hated Hitler as a tyrant.

God bless your grandfather for his patriotism and courageous service!

These were such good and decent men... I sure wish my grandfather could come back for awhile so I could talk to him adult-to-adult. He died when I was a teenager...

50 posted on 02/27/2011 11:17:49 PM PST by nutmeg (God bless Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin)
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