CPL Frank Woodruff Buckles, 110, of Charles Town, West Virginia, last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, died at 12:15AM, 27 FEB 2011. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetary at a date to be determined, with special Honors from the French and United Kingdom. President George W Bush signed a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, WV, for the burial at Arlington in 2008.
CPL Buckles turned 110 on February 1st. During his service in WWI, he received the WWI Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, and the French Legion d'honneur.
In 2008, he received the VFW Gold Medal of Merit. Also in 2008, he received the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry's Knight Commander of the Court of Honour.
During WWII, while a civilian, he became a Prisoner of War at the Los Banos prison camp in the Philippines from 1942 to 23 Feb 1945.
France will send a Defence Ministry Official, Two Honor Guards, and Pallbearers. The British will send the Air-Vice Marshal and the British Ambassador.
CPL Buckles is survived by a grateful Nation, and many relatives and friends.
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He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” (W.Shakespeare) Rest in peace my Brothers, you have not been forgotten.