Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

"Mobs Do Not Storm the Capitol to Do Good Deeds." -- not James Lee Burke

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Last Doughboy From the Great War Has Died

Frank Buckles was 110 years old.

He lied about his age to join the Army in 1917.


Nangleator said...

My maternal grandfather, my namesake, also lied to get into the service. Lotsa peer pressure for it, back then.

He got in a 14½ and in the trenches at 15. (Big for his age.) Family legend says he was the youngest American soldier, but I don't believe that. The age was right, though, unless he lied about his age for the rest of his life, too.

He died in '67 from a combination of cigars, red meat and butter.

Comrade Misfit said...

A long time ago, I had some dealings with a guy who said that he had entered the Marines in 1944 just after his 14th birthday.