Monday, February 28, 2011

An NPR Tribute to the Nation's Last WWI Veteran

Frank Buckles—the last known U.S. veteran of World War I—died yesterday in West Virginia at the age of 110.

Buckles, a Missouri farm boy who managed to enlist in the army at 16, survived both World War I and World War II. NPR interviewed Buckles in 2008 and included some clips from that interview in their tribute on today's edition of All Things Considered.

Buckles had an amazing life, even surviving the hardships of a Japanese POW camp. The NPR link, with audio, is here.

Let's hear it for a Great American, Frank Buckles.

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