Last WWI Veteran Dies At 110
Frank Buckles was 110 years old at the time of his death.
He joined the armed forces when he was only 16; he lied about his age to get in. He survived the hardship of being a civilian POW and in later years worked for veterans rights.
Buckles turned 110 on Feb. 1 and had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of World War I in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Buckles worked in the shipping industry after his military service working for White Star Line Steamship Co. and W.R. Grace & Co. It was while he worked in this industry that he was taken as a prisoner of war in the Philippines and spent 3 1/2 years as such. He was the last survivor of the WWI out of nearly 5 million that served from 1917-1918 and is only one of 3 believed to still be living of the 65 million that served from 1914-1918.
I believe that men(and women) like Mr. Buckles deserve a memorial in their honor. Why they don't already have one is beyond me but I know money has been raised by several actors like Tom Hanks who also believe that these heroes deserve a Memorial!