Frank Buckles, the last surviving veteran of WWI died this week. We actually mentioned Buckles in our Veteran’s Day infographic we produced last year. We reposed it below in cast you haven’t seen it. Yup, we’re proud of it.
CNN wrote a great article about Buckles. Here’s a bit from CNN:
“Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.
Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia.
Buckles, who served as a U.S. Army ambulance driver in Europe during what was then known as the “Great War,” rose to the rank of corporal before the war ended.
His assignments included that of an escort for German prisoners of war. Little did he know he would someday become a prisoner of war during World War II.
He came to prominence in recent years, in part because of the work of DeJonge, a Michigan portrait photographer who had undertaken a project to document the last surviving veterans of that war.
As the years continued, all but Buckles had passed away, leaving him the “last man standing” among U.S. troops who were called “The Doughboys.” His death leaves only two verified surviving WWI veterans in the world, both of whom are British.”
I’m proud that Quicken Loans is a top provider of VA loans for veterans across America. As a veteran myself, it’s nice to know that we make it easy for people like Frank Buckles to enjoy the absolute best benefit of military service.
Buckles was a true American hero. May he rest in peace.
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