Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, died yesterday at age 110.
Born on February 1, 1901, Buckles enlisted in the arrmy at age 16. He was shipped to England in 1917 aboard the RMS Carpathia, a ship best known for having rescued survivors from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. He served in the ambulance service in France during WWI.
After the war he joined the White Star Line shipping company, traveled the world, and was in Manila when Japan attacked the Phillipines on December 8, 1941. He was taken prisoner and spent 3 1/2 years in Japanese internment camps.
French President Jacques Chirac awarded Buckles the French Legion of Honor in 1999, the same year that Buckles's wife of 45 years, Audrey, died. Buckles continued to live on his farm near Charles Town, WV, and was still driving a car and a tractor (presumably not at the same time) when he was 102.
In 2008 Buckles met with President George W. Bush in the White House. Then WV Governor Joe Manchin dedicated a section of a new highway in Buckles's name.
He is survived by his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan. R.I.P.