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Warriors’ deaths sever links to conflicts of nation’s past(Last Soldiers of All American Wars)
The Toledo Blade ^ | 5/30/2011 - Updated: 2 hours ago | LEN BARCOUSKY

Posted on 05/30/2011 9:36:12 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW

PITTSBURGH — When Frank Buckles died in February at his West Virginia home, his passing closed a chapter in the country’s history.

He was the last American veteran of World War I, and his death drew the attention not only of friends and family but of historians, editorial writers, politicians, and the President of the United States.

“He was like a cat with nine lives,” photographer and filmmaker David DeJonge said of Mr. Buckles, who was 110. During his long, eventful life, Mr. Buckles was stricken by scarlet fever, which killed his older brother, recovered from the often-deadly Spanish flu, and was incapacitated by beriberi, a nutritional disorder caused by a lack of vitamin B1, or thiamin, in his diet. The beriberi resulted from the terrible rations he was given while a civilian prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

(Excerpt) Read more at beta.toledoblade.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: memorialday; soldiers
Very long but quite interesting article about the last living soldiers of each of America's wars.
1 posted on 05/30/2011 9:36:18 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW
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To: DJ MacWoW

Very interesting article. Thanks for the timely post.


2 posted on 05/30/2011 10:20:06 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

You’re very welcome.


3 posted on 05/30/2011 10:35:46 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

The story mentions the death of the last Revolutionary War veteran. A book just came out of photographs of Revolutionary War veterans! Some of the older veterans were alive during the early years of photography, and a few pictures exist. The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation by Maureen Taylor. A comment at the Amazon site lists the names. (Disclaimer. I have no financial or other interest in plugging this book.)


4 posted on 05/30/2011 11:03:57 AM PDT by omega4412
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To: omega4412

I checked her out and she has a website and the SAR had her speak at a meeting. Interesting stuff! Thank you for the info on the book.


5 posted on 05/30/2011 11:27:44 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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