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La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux

The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses

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Last US World War I veteran

Frank W. Buckles dies at 110

  • War:  World War I
  • Branch:  Army
  • Unit:  1st Fort Riley Casual Detactment
  • Service Location:  United States, England, France, Germany
  • Rank:  Corporal
  • Place of Birth:  Harrison County, MO


Frank Woodruff Buckles

An underage but eager recruit, Frank Buckles lied to a military recruiter to get into the Army, then pestered his officers to be shipped out to France. He drove motorcycles, cars, and ambulances in England and France, and during the Occupation, he guarded German prisoners. Buckles eventually went to work for the White Star steamship line and was in Manila on business in December 1941 when the Japanese attacked. He spent over three years as a prisoner at the city's University of Santo Tomas. His collection includes three interviews, given when he was 100, 103, and 107 years old. When he died in February 2011, Mr. Buckles was the last known surviving American veteran of World War I.

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The University of Texas at Austin

Briscoe Center for American History

(Custodians of the Artifacts from the Texas Merci Boxcar)