Skip to comments.Arlington Burial Planned for Last ‘Doughboy’ Frank Buckles
Posted on 03/11/2011 3:31:39 PM PST by SandRat
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 America will pay its respects to its last World War I veteran March 15, as former Army Cpl. Frank Buckles is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
He will lie in honor at Arlingtons Memorial Amphitheater Chapel from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15 for the public to pay its last respects. The interment will be at 4 p.m., and the corporal will be buried near the site where General of the Armies John Black Jack Pershing, the commander of the American Expeditionary Force, is buried.
The Pentagon Channel will carry the service.
Buckles was born in Missouri in 1901. He enlisted in the Army in 1917, shortly after the United States declared war on Germany and its allies. He served as an ambulance driver on the Western Front.
In 1941, Buckles was in the Philippines, working in Manila, when Japan invaded the island nation. The Japanese captured him and confined him at the Los Banos prison with 2,200 other American civilians. U.S. forces liberated the camp in 1945.
President Barack Obama has ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half staff in Buckles honor March 15.
Two men in Great Britain are believed to be World War Is last living veterans. Both are 110 years old.
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Please Fuhrer Obama... don’t spoil the Buckle family’s day... STAY AWAY!!
God bless this Doughboy.
And everyone else like him, man or woman, black, white, yellow whatever....those that have fought for what is right in this world.
He is very deserving of be buried at Arlington. However, I did not think he was deserving of lying in state at the US capitol.
He will lie in honor at Arlingtons Memorial Amphitheater Chapel
May he rest in peace. Think how much this man saw in his life. He was born during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency.
If anyone’s interested, there is a recent book written about the American doughboy in WW1. It’s called “The Remains of Company D.” Fantastic reading for anyone curious about that era in America and our soldier’s experience fighting the Germans in France.
Some friends and I are going to DC in April. I’ll have to stop by and pay my respects to Corporal Buckles when I’m doing the same to General Pershing.
WW I was my Granddad’s war. He served in the Navy, came home and married his sweetheart, they had four kids incl. my Dad, who served in WW II. God bless those brave generations who served their country.