Last World War I Vet Asks for Monument
On this Veterans Day, the last surviving American veteran of the First World War wants Congress to create a memorial in Washington.
It's right that we should talk about Frank Buckles on Veterans Day.
At 109, Buckles is the only one of five million Americans who served in World War I still alive. He’s also the honorary chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation.
Buckles, who is from West Virginia, says the monument doesn’t need to be elaborate, but should stand alongside of others that commemorate conflicts of the 20th century.
Buckles was 16 when he enlisted, telling the Army he was 18. He saw no combat, but worked as a driver and a warehouse clerk in Europe. He also helped to repatriate German prisoners after the war.
John Ogle, WCVE News