Happy 110th Birthday Frank Woodruff Buckles!

Frank Woodruff Buckles is the last living veteran of the First World War. He was born 1 February 1901 in Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri. When the United States entered World War One on 6 April 1917 Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army (14 August 1917). He was assigned to the Ambulance Service and became a member of the First Fort Riley Casual Detachment.

Corporal Buckles served in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in France, serving as a driver and prisoner-of-war escort. He returned to the United States in January 1920.

He has lived a long and eventful life including being a civilian prisoner of war in Manila from 1941 to 1945. Mr. Buckles is often referred to as "Pershing's Last Patriot." Today he lives on his farm near Charles Town, West Virginia with his daughter, Susannah. He is the Commander-in-Chief (and last living member) of the Veterans of the First World War. As he has written, "4,734,991 Americans served and 116,516 Americans died during World War I. By fate I have become the last. I am thankful for my full life as a Veteran, former WWII POW and farmer. I have received thousands of messages from visitors to my website http:www.frankbuckles.org. and I cherish every one." " I appreciate your thoughts and prayers and am humbled to be the representative of all the Americans who served with me."

Frank Buckles asks our support of several organizations dedicated to the memory of those who served in The Great War including Frank's own Foundation dedicated to the building of a memorial to the veterans of WWI in Washington DC Frankbuckles.org, WWIMemorial.org, PershingsLastPatriot.com and PetitionOnline.com . What better way to honor Frank Buckles on his birthday than by making a contribution to these organizations, which he supports?

Frank Woodruff Buckles is a member of the Virginia Society Sons of the Revolution and both he and his daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, are honorary members of the Order of the First World War.

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