WV Veteran Among Last 3 Known Survivors of WW I

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Frank Buckles is 106 now and not as spry as he used to be.

But try to help him from a chair to his feet, and he will bellow a loud, clear "No."

Ninety years after the headstrong teenager lied his way into a uniform, the older version of that boy remains fiercely independent, determined to live life on his terms, at his pace in Charles Town.

More than four-point-seven million Americans joined the military from 1917 to 1918, but the US Department of Veterans Affairs says only three survive.

Buckles is the youngest of the known survivors. The others are 107-year-old Harry Landis of Sun City Center, Florida, and 108-year-old J- Russell Coffey of North Baltimore, Ohio. None of the three saw action.

Buckles enlisted on August 14th, 1917, at the age of 16.

He says he never went looking for adventure. It just came to him.

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