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    Frank Buckles

    Don't know why, but I felt this was worth mentioning...Frank Buckles, the last remaining US WWI veteran, has passed away at 110 years of age. My hat is off to him and his fellow soldiers. The man witnessed one heck of a century.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/27/wwi...ath/index.html

    There are only two known WWI survivors left, both British. (See the bottom of this list)...

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    RIP Mr. Buckles
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    Another era passes. I'm old enough to remember when the last Civil War veteran died. That was really amazing to me because the Civil War seemed so long ago. To my dad, who was born in 1908 in the south, the Civil War was prominent in his "memory" because, as a young boy, he knew many people who had participated in the war.

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    He deserves a rest.
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    There was quite a story about him Yahoo this morning... he was only 16 when he lied about his age to join the army... Marines and Navy both turned him down as being too young and having flat feet. He also spend 3 years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Philipines during WWII as a civilian prisoner.....
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    A bit off track

    Hi,

    My wife's mother, Bertie Glendening, came West in a covered wagon and flew back to visit in a 707 jet.

    I put this in to emphasize the change in lifestyle for the people who lived through that era.

    I know it is typically not supposed to be that way---However, I really miss my Mother-in-law. She was a great lady. She had stamina that would put most people to shame. My wife said that Bertie could out work her any day---I think Bertie was about my age at that time (86).

    Thanks for bringing back some neat memories.

    Enjoy,

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    It's an amazing story.

    He entered the military in 1917. My dad was born in 1919 and served in WWII, Mr Buckles outlived my dad by 18 days.

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    The last Canadian WW1 vet died just over a year ago at 109. I seem to recall that he had a similar story about lying about his age to join up.

    As a side note here is a picture that my mother in law took of a friend of hers, an old timer in Dawson City in 1935. She was 22 at the time. She is 98 now and is still very spry and with it. It got me thinking that between these 2 folks they span 170 years so far, 1841 - 2011.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Curley Cameron (old Timer) age 94 1935.jpg  

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    Wow, Brian...being 94 years old in back in 1935 was a pretty rare feat. Folks didn't tend to live as long back then as they do now.
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    My Grandfather died in 1945... he was somewhere around 65 when he died and he looked older than Mr. Cameron did at 94....
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