The last dough-boy

The last American veteran of World War I died at the age of 110.  Frank Buckles enlisted in 1917, lying about his age, which was only 16.  After that war, he worked in the civilian merchant marine. When World War II broke out, he was captured by the Japanese and spent over three years in a P.O.W. camp in the Philippines.

Two others who served in World War I are still alive, a 109-year-old man from Australia and a 110-year-old woman from Great Britain.

Mr. Buckles, who lived in West Virginia, sounds like he was a really likeable guy.  Read his profile: Last U.S. World War I veteran Frank W. Buckles dies at 110.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://acroamaticus.blogspot.com Pr Mark Henderson

    Dr Veith,
    Claude Choules, the last surviving WWI veteran in Australia, is actually 110, having clebrated his birthday yesterday, March 3rd.
    He also has the distinction of being a veteran of both world wars, having served in the British navy in WWI and the Australian navy in WWII. He is also the oldest living person born in the UK.

  • http://acroamaticus.blogspot.com Pr Mark Henderson

    Dr Veith,
    Claude Choules, the last surviving WWI veteran in Australia, is actually 110, having clebrated his birthday yesterday, March 3rd.
    He also has the distinction of being a veteran of both world wars, having served in the British navy in WWI and the Australian navy in WWII. He is also the oldest living person born in the UK.

  • Porcell

    Frank Buckles, a real man, decided to find some adventure and fight for his country at age sixteen at a time when America wasn’t timid about defending its interests and those of our allies. He, also, braved thirty-eight months in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines. Men like Frank are true patriots who, eschewing pacifism, isolationism and appeasement, are willing to put their lives on the line for their country. Thank you, Frank Buckles, for a life well lived. Requiscat In Pace.

  • Porcell

    Frank Buckles, a real man, decided to find some adventure and fight for his country at age sixteen at a time when America wasn’t timid about defending its interests and those of our allies. He, also, braved thirty-eight months in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines. Men like Frank are true patriots who, eschewing pacifism, isolationism and appeasement, are willing to put their lives on the line for their country. Thank you, Frank Buckles, for a life well lived. Requiscat In Pace.

  • Cincinnatus

    What a pointless war that was. An epoch was laid to rest with Buckles, perhaps an epoch whose passing we shouldn’t lament.

  • Cincinnatus

    What a pointless war that was. An epoch was laid to rest with Buckles, perhaps an epoch whose passing we shouldn’t lament.

  • Porcell

    The point of that war was to defeat German militarism that threatened to destroy the balance of power in Europe, though it finally took WWII to get the job done. America played a significant role in the first one and a dominant role in the second one.

    Unfortunately, Frank Buckles lived to see America’s only defeat in Vietnam and almost one in Iraq due to feckless American pacifism and isolationism. Any country that doesn’t protect its own interests, along with those of its allies and lacks the inward strength to fight its enemies, deserves defeat.

  • Porcell

    The point of that war was to defeat German militarism that threatened to destroy the balance of power in Europe, though it finally took WWII to get the job done. America played a significant role in the first one and a dominant role in the second one.

    Unfortunately, Frank Buckles lived to see America’s only defeat in Vietnam and almost one in Iraq due to feckless American pacifism and isolationism. Any country that doesn’t protect its own interests, along with those of its allies and lacks the inward strength to fight its enemies, deserves defeat.


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