Last American WW1 vet dies

Frank Buckles, America’s last surviving WW1 veteran, died yesterday at 110.

Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States entered the ‘war to end all wars’ in April 1917.

He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18. He was only 16 and a half at the time.

He said: ‘A boy of (that age), he’s not afraid of anything. He wants to get in there.’

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6 Responses

  1. Thanks for this thought. WW1 was a savagely fought war…it was a vain attempt to retain Empirical Power and only ended after another World War which took millions of victims.

    All wars are blots and stains on our character and WW1 was an epic in our long history of warfare. If only remembrance of past wars and past participants, served as preventive measures for new ones…”when we will ever learn…when will we ever learn”……

  2. WW1 was more of a diplomatic disaster rather than any attempt to build an Empire.

  3. And in a way we have learned. There have been no major wars (at least comparatively) since WW2 and the founding of the UN. As ineffectual, wasteful and meddling as the UN is in most respects, it’s been very effective at diffusing tense situations.

  4. I didn’t say WW1 was an attempt to “build an empire”. It served as a death throe for the Russian, Austro-Hungarian (a remnant of the Roman Empire), and German Empires.

    And I disagree on the effectiveness of the UN . Rather our overwhelming Military Capacities ( and Russia’s) provided the checks and balances preventing a major war. And the costs of our MIC…. well that’s something else….

  5. Alright I see what you were saying now.

    I don’t dispute what your saying about the two superpowers, I do think that having a forum that allows some contact even in states of high tension, where ambassadors may be recalled, has been very valuable.

  6. I was just talking to someone about him the other day, wondering if he was still alive. The sad thing to me is that it’s a nearly forgotten war, with no national memorial in Washington (there’s one in Kansas) and little known about those who fought and died.

    But hey, living to 110 – from the dawn of the industrial age all the way to the dawn of the digital age – that’s something to envy.

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