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Last U.S. veteran of WWI has died

Mon., Feb. 28, 2011, midnight

Buckles, 110, lied about age to enlist

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – A spokesman says the nation’s last surviving veteran of World War I has died in West Virginia. He was 110.

Biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement that Frank Woodruff Buckles died early Sunday of natural causes in his home in Charles Town, W.Va.

Buckles lied about his age to get into uniform at age 16. He served in England and France, working mainly as a driver and a warehouse clerk. He did not see combat.

Buckles also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II.

He turned 110 on Feb. 1. He had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of the Great War in Washington, D.C.

More than 4.7 million people joined the U.S. military from 1917-’18 for the war.


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