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Frank Buckles, the last US WWI veteran

April 5, 2010

At 109, Frank Buckles is the last US WWI veteran. Born in 1901, at 16 he lied about his age to join the Army and served until 1919. Surprisingly, there is no national memorial to honor our WWI veterans. Frank continues to lobby for the establishment of a national WWI memorial in Washington DC. There is an existing city memorial erected in 1931 honoring the 499 DC-area veterans, but it has fallen into disrepair. Frank and his supporters have been trying to get the US government to rededicated it as a national memorial. You can read more about their efforts here and offer your support.

Here are a few interviews from 2007 with Frank, back when there were a few other living US veterans:

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David DeJonge, a filmmaker, is trying to get a documentary produced about Frank and other WWI veterans. Here is a 2007 interview with him and Frank:

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