Last US Great War vet dies
FRANK Buckles, who lied about his age to get into uniform during World War I and lived to be the last surviving US veteran of that war, has died. He was 110.
Buckles, who also survived being a civilian PoW in the Philippines in World War II, died peacefully of natural causes early Sunday at his home in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Mr Buckles turned 110 on February 1 and had been advocating for a national memorial honouring veterans of World War I in Washington, DC.
When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last of his kind, he said simply, ‘‘ I realised that somebody had to be, and it was me.’’ More than 4.7 million people joined the US military from 1917-18.
The last known Canadian veteran of the war, John B a b c o c k o f S p o k a n e , Washington, died in February 2010. There are no French or German veterans of the war left alive.