West Virginia World War I Veteran Turns 110 Years Young

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Frank Buckles
Frank Buckles
Photo Karen Kasma (Smithsonian)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV (HNN) - Frank Buckles of Jefferson County turned 110 years old on Feb. 1.  He is the oldest surviving World War I veteran, having entered the Army at age 16.  Frank served in England and France during the war; first as a car and ambulance driver and later as an escort for returning German POWs. 

Rep Shelly Moore Capito wished Frank Buckles a Happy Birthday stating that he “represents the very best of this great country—service, determination and patriotism.  He has lived through some of the most historic events in American history, from the Great Depression to two World Wars to the invention the internet, reminding us of the immense progress we have made as a nation.  Anyone who knows Frank cannot help but be inspired by his love for his country, humility and compassion.  West Virginia is truly grateful to call him one of our own,” stated Capito.

Capito introduced legislation in the 110th Congress to Authorize “Frank Woodruff Buckles to lie in honor in the rotunda of the Capitol upon his death” and cosponsored a bill in the 111th Congress to rededicate the World War I Memorial by completely restoring the existing WW1 memorial and authorize a new sculpture to make the memorial a national memorial.

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