Frank Woodruff Buckles, a Missouri native, was the last known veteran of "The Great War." Buckles died
Sunday, leaving behind that legacy.
He was born in Harrison County, Missouri in 1901 and after dropping out of school, enlisted in the Army at age 16, underage for a soldier. He trained at Fort Riley beginning in August 1917. During those years, 1917 and 1918, close to five million Americans served in WWI. Mr. Buckles said a few years back, "I knew there'd be only one some day. I didn't think it would be me."
His daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, 55, cared for her father. According to the Washington Post,
buckles summoned his live-in nurse to his bedroom at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday. Less than a minute later, Mr. Buckles passed away.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said of the late soldier, "We have lost a living link to an important era in our nation's history. But we have also lost a man of quiet dignity who dedicated his final years to ensuring the sacrifices of his fellow doughboys are appropriately commemorated."
Buckles will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.