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02 February 2009

US's Last Known WWI Vet Turns 108

Philadelphia Inquirer

The last known U.S. military veteran of World War I, Frank Buckles turned 108 on Sunday.

The national World War I veterans group, of which he is the commander and sole member, used to publish a newsletter. Each issue counted down the number of old doughboys still around. As the number got smaller and smaller, "I realized I'd be one of the last," he said, "but I never thought I'd be the last."

He grinned slowly and added, "Of course, if it has to be somebody, it might as well be me."

[Happy birthday, Frank. The man upstairs must have saved the best for last. - Sarge]

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