Last American WWI vet passes at 110

Posted: February 28, 2011 by doubleplusundead in True Heroes

Frank Buckles was an ambulance driver in WWI, and served as an officer on a merchant ship during WWII, was captured by the Japanese and held as a POW for three years.  In his later life, he advocated for the restoration and expansion of the District of Columbia War Memorial, which was built for veterans of WWI in DC, he also advocated declaring the DC War Memorial a national memorial for all of America’s WWI veterans, and from further reading, some of what he pushed for is going to happen with stimulus money, so he may have steered stimulus funds to a worthwhile cause or venture…that alone makes him a hero!

Buckles was granted a special exception to receive full burial at Arlington.  Rep. Ted Poe is seeking a resolution to hold a memorial at the US Capitol and receive honors.  I’ll be curious to see what European dignitaries show, or if there’ll be any foreign honor guards sent to his memorial.  It’s something that’s said endlessly, but it really is true, WWI really is woefully neglected in the US, particularly in education…which might be why it gets neglected in general in the US, it isn’t so neglected in Europe.

Definitely worth thinking about…I’m gonna dig out my WWI books from my history classes in college I think, I have some good ones actually, I’ll post some titles if I remember.

Comments
  1. Sean M. says:

    It’s something that’s said endlessly, but it really is true, WWI really is woefully neglected in the US, particularly in education…which might be why it gets neglected in general in the US, it isn’t so neglected in Europe.

    While I agree that it’s a subject that doesn’t get nearly enough attention here, it took much more of a toll on Europe–after all, we were only in the war for about a year. It was horrific for the Doughboys who went Over There, but I’ve read that something like 1/3 of the male population between the ages of 18 and 30 of Scotland was dead by 1918.

  2. doubleplusundead says:

    Most of the belligerent nations had losses like that, and while I agree to a point about the direct effect on the US, I also think that modern European history and how it effected the US is underrepresented in classrooms too.

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