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Arlington Burial Planned for Last ‘Doughboy’ Frank Buckles
American Forces Press Service ^ | Jim Garamone

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.

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, talks with Frank Buckles, then age 107, the last known U.S. World War I veteran, during a Pentagon ceremony March 6, 2008. Buckles was honored during the ceremony, which included the unveiling an exhibit of veterans' portraits by photographer David DeJonge. DOD photo by R.D. Ward

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Buckles -- the last of the more than 5 million Americans who served during World War I and were known as “doughboys” -- died Feb. 22 at his home in West Virginia. He was 110.

He will lie in honor at Arlington’s 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 I’s last living veterans. Both are 110 years old.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: arlington; burial; doughboy; last

1 posted on 03/11/2011 3:31:45 PM PST by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Please Fuhrer Obama... don’t spoil the Buckle family’s day... STAY AWAY!!

2 posted on 03/11/2011 3:33:21 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (To anger a Christian, Lie to them. To anger a muslim, tell them the TRUTH!)
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To: SandRat

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.

3 posted on 03/11/2011 3:36:04 PM PST by Levante
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To: SandRat

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.

4 posted on 03/11/2011 3:37:41 PM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: The Great RJ

He will lie in honor at Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater Chapel

5 posted on 03/11/2011 3:43:10 PM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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6 posted on 03/11/2011 3:44:43 PM PST by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: SandRat

May he rest in peace. Think how much this man saw in his life. He was born during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency.

7 posted on 03/11/2011 4:13:57 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Bobalu

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.

8 posted on 03/11/2011 4:18:41 PM PST by gatorhead
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To: SandRat

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.

9 posted on 03/11/2011 4:38:14 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: gatorhead

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.

10 posted on 03/11/2011 4:42:30 PM PST by Ciexyz
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