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Frank Buckles

Born: 1901-02-01 - Died: 2011-02-27
Cause of Death:
Natural Causes

Death Summary: Buckles died from natural causes on his West Virginia farm, where he had lived since 1954.

Who was Frank Buckles : Upon his death, Frank Buckles was the last remaining World War I veteran. He was the second oldest veteran still alive, and was also a prisoner of war during World War II.

Buckles was born in Bethany, Missouri. He enlisted in the US army at the age of 16. He had lied to recruiters about his age, and he was successful in his second attempt to join.

His first assignment sent him to Europe aboard the RMS Carpathia. His time in Europe was spent driving ambulances and motorcyles for the Fort Riley's casual detachment. Upon his discharge, he attended a memorial service back in his home state, where he was able to meet General John Pershing. Who was the commander of all the United States forces in France.

During World War II, Buckles worked for a shipping company, based out of Manila, Phillipines. He ended up being captured by the Japanese, and spent three and a half years in a prison camp. He reportedly dropped in weight to below 100 lbs. Though he was malnourished, he held on until he was rescued in 1945.

In an interview in 2007, Buckles was asked the secret to his long life. He said simply, "Hope", also adding, "When you start to die...don't".
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8 Signatures in Frank Buckles's guestbook

  1. Roberta Perkins Says:

    Thank you for serving our country, Mr. Buckles!

  2. Dale Hemphill Says:

    Mr. Buckles – Your are the True “Spirit of America”.

  3. Jack Richards Says:

    From the Veterans at our PVA organization we salute you.

  4. margaret bowers Says:

    he was amazing i wish i could have met him.

  5. William H Stallings Says:

    Amazing journey.

  6. Flaco munious Says:

    That’s sooooo awsome he lived all those years. Imagine all the changes he had seen. I wish I new him.

  7. Ali Says:

    110 buddy! Thanks for serving our country and rest in peace

  8. jacob Says:

    truly a great man thank you

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