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#1 Spartanroller

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:37 AM

Frank Buckles, the last surviving Doughboy | CapeCodOnline.com

Frank Woodruff Buckles of Charles Town, W. Va., is 109 years old. To appreciate his lifespan consider that, at 10 years old, Frank would have known a great many people who had lived during the Civil War, concluded just 45 years before.

At his birth in 1901, the nation had five fewer states and 220 million fewer people than it has today. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the U.S. Army was about the 18th largest in the world, behind Serbia, Greece and Bulgaria. America was still a nation of farms and small towns.

But for its foray in the Spanish-American War of 1898, the national life had been insular and Americans were very much the "innocents abroad" when they traveled beyond its borders.

Buckles would be in the vanguard of America's entry upon the greater stage of world events. For Buckles is also a veteran. Of the 4,734,991 American veterans of World War I, only Buckles survives. He is the last Doughboy.....


Cheers, Nigel :)

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 01:24 PM

Another one passes.:poppy::poppy:
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 01:42 PM

Frank Woodruff Buckles - 109th Birthday - a set on Flickr

franks 109th birtday party...

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 04:00 PM

Another one passes.:poppy::poppy:


Not yet - tough old bird's still going :)
Cheers, Nigel :)

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 06:13 PM

Does anyone know if the Memorial plea was a success? I was following it a few years ago but lost track of it.

Also came across this,

http://pershingslastpatriot.com/

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 09:22 PM

Latest news, web, social and twitter search for Last living U.S. WWI vet pushes for Great War memorial : - ealif.com
Today, Buckles is pushing a bill naming both the Washington site and one in Kansas City, Missouri, as official national monuments of the conflict. Buckles says he considers it his duty as the last man standing to represent his colleagues.

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 11:47 PM

Latest news, web, social and twitter search for Last living U.S. WWI vet pushes for Great War memorial : - ealif.com
Today, Buckles is pushing a bill naming both the Washington site and one in Kansas City, Missouri, as official national monuments of the conflict. Buckles says he considers it his duty as the last man standing to represent his colleagues.


Almost the same story every year. :(

Any idea why the monument isn't built/rebranded?




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