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WWI veteran to celebrate 110th birthday today

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

richardb@herald-mail.com

7:58 p.m. EST, January 31, 2011

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Frank Woodruff Buckles, Jefferson County’s most famous living citizen and the last surviving World War I doughboy, turns 110 years old Tuesday.

Buckles, who lives with his daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, at Gap View, the family farm off old W.Va. 9, has been the subject of wide media and congressional attention in recent years.

In 2010, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., co-sponsored a bill to rededicate and restore a monument in Washington, D.C., honoring the 500 or so District of Columbia residents who served in World War I. Their bill calls for authorizing a new sculpture to make the monument a national memorial honoring all 4.7 million Americans who served in the 1914-18 conflict, not just those from the nation’

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  • well done to the old guy.that's an age most of us won't see!

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  • A legend!

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  • i ought to upload the pictures of my family that served in ww1. i look eerily similar to them. prussian in stature. that aside; ww1 was a useless unnecessary war that didn't need our participation.

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    • I had one grandad who served in ww1 - he went "over the bags" in the July Somme offensive and spent three days in a crater hole with his left leg hanging on by threads. He claimed tha his life was saved by a german soldier who gae him some food.

      My other grandad was involved in the "big push" He went over the top (in fog!) at Guillemont. Through gaps in the wire, upon which, the germans had already ranged their maching guns.

      Then they through a new form of gas at 'em. Stil More..

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    • My Grandad's picture is on the shelf in front of me. He volunteered for the Great War at age 15 and got 2 Mentioned in Dispatches and the Military Medal before he was 16. He then spent the rest of his life as an accountant. He watched "All quiet on the Western Front" part way through before leaving in tears.

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  • does he have a twitter page?



    respects and salute!!!!

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  • This guy can still kick your ass, my ass, and everyone on the internet's ass all day long. There's no doubt.

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