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Old 02-28-2011, 11:43 AM
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Frank Buckles, who drove an Army ambulance in France in 1918 and came to symbolize a generation of embattled young Americans as the last of the World War I doughboys, died Sunday at his home in Charles Town, W. Va. He was 110.

His death was announced by a family spokesman, David DeJonge, The Associated Press said.

He was only a corporal and he never got closer than 30 or so miles from the Western Front trenches, but Mr. Buckles became something of a national treasure as the last living link to the two million men who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France in “the war to end all wars.”

Frail, stooped and hard of hearing, but sharp of mind, Mr. Buckles was named grand marshal of the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington in 2007. He was a guest at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day 2007 for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He was honored by Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon and met with President George W. Bush at the White House in March 2008.
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Thank you for your service Mr. Buckles, RIP, you will always be a hero to me.
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RIP Corporal Buckles, the last of an era.
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RIP and god speed.
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Thanks for a nice post Mr. L ...


There are two surviving veterans now...both British. When they are gone, so to will living memory of the war to end all wars.
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His brothers in arms are up in that in the Big Mess Hall in the sky saying "What took you so long?"...
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If he is as sharp as they said, he might just say 1 had to be first and 1 had to be the last.
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