Frank Buckles
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - He didn't seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who'd served in World War I, he became what his biographer called "the humble patriot" and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict.

Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month after his 110th birthday. He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades, prodding politicians to support a national memorial in Washington and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography.

"We were always asking ourselves: How can we represent this story to the world?" DeJonge said Monday. "How can we make sure World War I isn't forgotten."

Buckles asked his daughter, Susannah Flanagan, about progress toward a national memorial every week, sometimes daily.

"He was sad it's not co mpleted," DeJonge said. "It's a simple straightforward thing to do, to honor Americans."

When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last survivor, Buckles said simply, "I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me."

Only two known veterans remain, according to the Order of the First World War, a Florida group whose members are descendants of WWI veterans and include Buckles' daughter. The survivors are Florence Green in Great Britain and Claude Choules in Australia, said Robert Carroon, the group's senior vice commander.

Green turned 110 on Feb. 19, and Choules turns 110 in March, he said.

Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States in April 1917 entered what was called "the war to end all wars." He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18.

More than 4.7 million people joined the U.S. military from 1917-18. By 2007, only three survi ved. Buckles went to Washington that year to serve as grand marshal of the national Memorial Day parade.

Unlike Buckles, the other two survivors were still in basic training in the United States when the war ended, and they did not make it overseas. When they died in late 2007 and 2008, Buckles became the last so-called doughboy - and a soft-spoken celebrity.

He got fan mail almost every day, DeJonge said, and had enough birthday cards to fill several bushel baskets.

DeJonge had visited Buckles late last week and was driving back to Michigan with about 5,000 letters to organize and answer when he got the call telling him his friend had died.

"The letters are so heartfelt," he said. "Each night, Susannah would go in and sit at Papa's bedside and read them to Frank. That kept him going."

Buckles had been battling colds and other minor ailments this winter, but he was not ill at the time of his death.

The day before he died was warm, DeJonge said, and he spent three hours sitting in the sunshine on the porch of his farmhouse, talking with his daughter.

She worked diligently to keep Buckles in his own home, even though it exhausted his life savings. DeJonge said home health nurses and other medical care cost about $120,000 a year.

Details for services and arrangements will be announced later this week, but the family is planning a burial in Arlington National Cemetery. In 2008, friends persuaded the federal government to make an exception to its rules for who can be interred there.

Buckles had already been eligible to have his cremated remains housed at the cemetery. Burial, however, normally requires meeting several criteria, including earning one of five medals, such as a Purple Heart.

Buckles never saw combat but once joked, "Didn't I make every effort?"

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and the rest of West Virginia's congressional delegation were also working Monday on a plan to allow Buckles to lie in repose in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

According to the Architect of the Capitol's website, the last person to do so was President Gerald Ford.

The honor is reserved mostly for elected and military officials, but others have included civil rights activist Rosa Parks and unknown soldiers from both World Wars and the Korean War.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller called Buckles "a wonderfully plainspoken man and an icon for the World War I generation" and said he will continue fighting for the memorial Buckles wanted.

"He lived a long and rich life as a true American patriot," said Sen. Joe Manchin, "and I hope that his family's loss is lightened with the knowledge that he was loved and will be missed by so many."

The family asked that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project. The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary and traveling educational exhibition.

"We have lost a living link to an important era in our nation's history," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. "But we have also lost a man of quiet dignity, who dedicated his final years to ensuring the sacrifices of his fellow 'Doughboys' are appropriately commemorated."

In spring 2007, Buckles told The Associated Press of the trouble he went through to get into the military.

"I went to the state fair up in Wichita, Kansas, and while there, went to the recruiting station for the Marine Corps," he said. "The nice Marine sergeant said I was too young when I gave my age as 18, said I had to be 21."

Buckles returned a week later.

"I went back to the recruiting sergeant, and this time I was 21," he said with a grin. "I passed the inspection ... but he told me I just wasn't heavy enough."

Then he tried the Navy, whose recruiter told Buckles he was flat-footed.

Buckles wouldn't quit. In Oklahoma City, an Army captain demanded a birth certificate.

"I told him birth certificates were not made in Missouri when I was born, that the record was in a family Bible. I said, 'You don't want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?'" Buckles said with a laugh. "He said, 'OK, we'll take you.'"

Buckles served in England and France, working mainly as a driver and a warehouse clerk. An eager student of culture and language, he used his off-duty hours to learn German, visit cathedrals, museums and tombs, and bicycle in the French countryside.

After Armistice Day, Buckles helped return prisoners of war to Germany. He returned to the United States in January 1920.

After the war, he returned to Oklahoma, then moved to Canada, where he worked a series of jobs before heading for New York City. There, he landed jobs in banking and advertising.

But it was the shipping industry that suited him best, and he worked around the world for the White Star Line Steamship Co. a nd W.R. Grace & Co.

In 1941, while on business in the Philippines, Buckles was captured by the Japanese. He spent more than three years in prison camps.

"I was never actually looking for adventure," he once said. "It just came to me."


Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press
Published by The News-Times on Feb. 28, 2011.
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Mr. Buckles, Your the greatest soldier the world had ever seen! Too bad I never seen you, but I seen you in the news when I was a boy! I miss you! But I always remember you! Amen!
Shahin Jalali
July 1, 2018
Hello
I am a member of the UK Buckles family and would love to think Frank was a distant relative. He was certainly a very great and brave man. If you know anything of his origins please let me know. I live on Merseyside in the UK and have discovered the family goes back to Belfast.
Best wishes
Lyn
Lyn Roberts
December 8, 2013
The family of David Leon Buckle would like to express our condolences for you loss. What an amazing life he must have lead! I would also be interested in talking with someone regarding your family history and if we may possibly be related. You can contact me by cell 254-644-8910 or by email [email protected] Thank you,David Buckles
David Buckles
November 25, 2013
Oct. 22, 2012
To: Susannnah Buckles Flanagan

It's been a while since dad has left us and it seems like only the other day. My warm memories of our visits to Mr. Buckles often reappears and never fades away. My "Lest We Forget" brothers will always cherish our numerous visits that we made to West Virginia to your home to see Frank. We were always greeted cordially and your hospitality will always be fondly remembered and appreciated..

It's amazing when we think of the man that left such a legacy as your father did to all of us. If he could have only shared all of his personal feelings to us "youngsters", it might have included the following thoughts:
"Do all of you realize what it took from the brave men and women I knew and served with throughout the past (almost century)the loving sacrifice and faithful service we all gave through good times and bad? Do all of you realize the uphill climb we all overcame to get this country to what it is today? And finally, do you really realize how so many gave some... but some gave all?"

I'm sure that Mr. Buckles thought about it during his quiet time that he had over the remaining last years of his life. I bet he thought of how far America has come in the past half century... and how many today really don't appreciate what they have in this great country. So much is taken for granted, and blessings are assumed.

Our God in heaven knows how much your father appreciated his country during his too-short of lifetime. God blessed Frank with the Crown of Eternal life. No more earthly pain and suffering.

God bless and keep you, Susannah...God is watching over your dear father now. We'll all see Dad again, someday.. Just know that he is in good hands!

Warm regards and thanks,

Ray Damaske
Stevensville, MI
"Lest We Forget"
Southwest Michigan Chapter
Ray Damaske
October 22, 2012
god bless
Katie Sarley
October 21, 2012
RIP. I'm not sure how but i am sure we are related. Sorry we never got to meet.
Renee Buckles
December 22, 2011
Dale Hemphill
March 25, 2011
sorry for your loss ,but what a blessing of life you shared,you are in our prayers
Tim &Brenda Stallings
March 24, 2011
Rest in piece my Comrad in arms.

Walt Benton
U.S.Army (ret.)Lakeland, FL.
March 19, 2011
Rest in piece my Comrad in arms.

Walt Benton
U.S.Army (ret.)
March 19, 2011
God Bless you Frank for your service and your memories of history. You were a path to our forgotten past.
Martin Hofmann, CSM, USA RET.
March 16, 2011
Thank you and God Speed!
Bobbi Pohlman
March 16, 2011
Thank you for serving our country. RIP
Dawn Hunter
March 16, 2011
Corporal. Fair winds and following seas. I'm sure by now you are with your buddies camped on Fiddlers Green.

God Bless,
Bill Cover, ADCS(AW) USN-Ret
March 16, 2011
You are my hero Frank, RIP corporal. God Bless America and Semper Fi
Dwight Ash
March 15, 2011
To a Hero: Thank you for you service in keeping our great country safe. My prayers are with your family! GOD Bless you.
Margo R
March 15, 2011
When I think of the word Hero. I think of our Soldiers and what they have done for us they made our country Free. Before I go to work Tonight I will Pray to Our Father and let him know How proud I am of our Soldiers like Frank Woodruff Buckles. MY HERO

God Bless all of you
Mike Franks
Greeley, CO
Mike Franks
March 15, 2011
My wife and I were honored to meet Mr. Buckles in South Dakota at the Crazy Horse monument on July 4th several years ago. We thank him for his service to our country and pray for his family.
Ken Hyman
March 15, 2011
Thank you for your service to our great country sir.
I flew our community's US Flag at half-staff in your honor today, March 15th 2011.
At ease Cpl. Buckles...God Bless you and may you RIP.
Joseph Messina
March 15, 2011
Let the legacy of Mr. Frank W. Buckles be taught to future generations so they know what men are suppose to be like . Our country was fortunate
to have him , our Goverment not worthy of him , and the rest of us will morn him. With my deepest condolences to his family.
Michael Greco
March 15, 2011
Thank You for your service to Our Country.They should've had your Funeral,at The White House,much deserved.Jesus,will honor you,in his Kingdom !
Vanessa Simpson
March 15, 2011
With Deepest Respect,Honor,& Condolences,to Frank Woodruff Buckles.Thanks for all that you done for America,& all that you stood for.May all learn from you.
James & Sharon Simpson
March 15, 2011
To The Frank Buckles Family: My Dearest Sympathy,for your loss.In Honor of Mr.Buckles Death,my Flag is flyng half-staff. Thank you for my Freedom,and your Duty to America,fellow Missourian.May GOD Honor you.
"Rooster" Simpson
March 15, 2011
I wanted to let you know how proud I am to be an American because of the brave young man back in WWI who served his country and outlived all of his fellow soldiers. God Bless America. Rest in Peace Mr. Frank Buckles.
E. Smith
March 15, 2011
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Buckles at a ceremony in his honor. I felt honored to be in the color guard.

His knowledge of the past will be missed. He should be honored by all of us for his service. His memory should be kept alive by keeping that part of history alive for all Americans. He was a real example for all of us, as were his comrades in arms during the Great War.
Mike Williamson
March 15, 2011
Richard Holliday
March 15, 2011
To the Loving Family, and Friends, we send our deepest Sympathy for your loss, and our Sincere Appreciation for His Honorable Service to Our Country to help Protect Our Freedom. May he Rest in the Peace he so richly deserves, and may we all feel truly blessed to have know such a man in our lifetime. "Rest Easy,Soldier."

Pastor & Mrs.Wm.Crowe, and Congregation of Broadfording Church of God,Hagerstown Maryland
M.Lee Hoffman (BCG)
March 15, 2011
to a honorable man. rest in peace sir. it is a pleasure to call you a fellow veteran.
steve torre
March 15, 2011
Thanks for all of your service to us and your country.
Francis Knaebel
March 14, 2011
My condolences to Susannah on the loss of her father. I never got to meet Frank, but I'm proud to say I am his 4th cousin once removed. Rest in peace Frank.
James McDowell
March 14, 2011
Thank You Frank W Buckles for your service in World War I. Rest In Peace.
We thank you, we salute you and God Bless You.
Cindy Joannes
March 14, 2011
To the Family,
My family and I would like to express our condolences to the family on their loss of Frank W. Buckles. I am proud to have had the chance as a serious student of history to have talked to 7 WWI veterans in my time. On hearing of his death I turned and looked at the large photo of my Great Uncle Charles A. Ruble, Co. C, 137th Infantry, 35th Division, AEF hanging on our wall and thanked him again for his sacrifices which included being gassed (mustard) at Argonne forest in 1918. He was only 48 when he passed away 1946 long before I could have known him but talked with many others who related his and their experiences. May we all hope that we do not forget those who served in The Great War from the United States, no matter what color they were at the time. May God bless all of you,
John Hipp
March 14, 2011
Mrs. Flanagan,
My family and I wish you the most heartfelt condolences on the recent loss of your father. I wish to thank you for the honor and privilege it was to have visited with Mr. Buckles, a fellow Missourian, last July 5th at your home. As a individual and U.S. history teacher, I will never forget the experience. May God comfort you and your family in this time of loss.
Sincerely,
Michael Bell
March 14, 2011
Thank you for your service to this country. Your story has brought to light the significant sacrifices made by a generation of people,now all gone. You left the service and lived facing other challenges,but lived well. God Bless you and those who knew and loved you.
Elyse DeWyngaert
March 14, 2011
Thank You Frank W Buckles for your service. May you comrads meet you at the gates of heaven. Rest In Peace, Sir.
Diane May
March 14, 2011
Thank you Frank Woodruff Buckles for your dedicated service to our nation during World War 1. Your passing closes a chapter in American history. We thank you, we salute you and we will remember...God Bless You Frank Woodruff Buckles...
Jay Payton
March 14, 2011
Thank you for your service to our country. You are truly an American Hero. May you rest in peace.
Lisa Hatchett
March 14, 2011
This is a sad day when we have lost our last veteran of World War I. The loss of Frank Woodruff Buckles is the loss of our last veteran of the Great War. His service is appreciated by his country and he will be missed.
Timothy Duskin
March 14, 2011
God Bless you Mr. Frank Buckles. My brother Don Hartman passed away in October 2011. Don was in Vietnam and had met Mr. Buckles and was so proud of him. Attached is a picture of Don with Mr. Buckles. Don told everyone what a great man he was. I know Don has welcomed Mr. Buckles into heaven already. God Bless America and thank you for your service to the United States of America. Respectfully, Charlotte Weber, Don Hartman's sister.
Charlotte Weber
March 14, 2011
Thank you for your service to our country. You were a true American Hero. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Denise Richardson
March 14, 2011
To the Buckles Family: My grandfather served in World War I, my father served in World War II. I appreciate all of our Veterans. I am glad they are paying special tribute to Mr. Frank Buckes, as he represents a passed generation of Heros in our nation. May God comfort and bless your family.
James H. Webster, Pastor
Catlettsburg Southside Nazarene Church
Catlettsburg, KY
James Webster
March 14, 2011
My husband's father was in WWI and we are very proud of what he and all the military did. My son is a Major in the Army and his grandfather was a good role model. I will pray for your family. Thank You
Christina Lynch
March 14, 2011
Thank you for the example you set for all Americans and for your life of service. You said it was your "duty to live" -- and you lived well. Now you can rest in peace.
Betty Sandefur
March 14, 2011
Thank you for your service to our country, you are now back home as a young man.
Anna
Shelton, CT
March 14, 2011
My condolences to the family and many friends of Mr. Buckles. America has lost the last of a great generation. Thank you for your service to our country. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends during this time of great loss.
Connie Dominy
March 14, 2011
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Jody Hayes
March 14, 2011
We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.
George & Peggy Whetzel
March 14, 2011
Another Angel has received his wings..soar high our proud Angel, you are free now. God receive you under His protective wings until we meet again.
Christine Parker
March 14, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bill Schroder
March 14, 2011
Thank You sirMay you rest in peace
dorothy Dickison
March 13, 2011
God bless you Mr. Buckles for your love of and service to our country.
D. Ingram
March 13, 2011
RIP Mr. Buckles.  Glad I got to spend an hour or so with you in the Summer of 2008. Oddly enough I  happen to be in the DC area now as you await your final resting place and will pass by tomorrow to pay respects on behalf of my Grandmother-Marie Louise Broussard Brown.  She always spoke highly of you Sir over the years till her passing last Aug. just shy of 100 yrs old.  She often talked about meeting you on the ship on her trip to France.  I am glad that my Grandmother got to speak with you by phone a couple of years ago after our meeting at your farm.  Your daughter was kind enough to go out of her way to pick me up and drive me to meet with you.   That meant a lot to my Grandmother that I got to visit with you and that she had time to speak with an old friend again.  Thank you for your service in The Great War and for having the strength to survive WWII as a POW.  I hope that the efforts you put into a national WWI Memorial in DC bear fruit. You and your fellow Doughboys have earned at least that much.  And to your family I am sorry for your loss.                                              SI DUSM Brian W. Fair-Grandson of your friend Marie Louise Broussard Brown (1910-2010)
Brian Fair
March 13, 2011
What a truly amazing man. I know the friends and family of Mr. Buckles will keep is legacy alive for generations. He is a true American hero and legend.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, DAVA California
E. Vicki Marshall
March 13, 2011
May the friends and family of Frank Buckles rejoice in the knowledge they gleaned from this amazing patriot. I'll bet he had amazing tales to tell!! I hope they soon dedicate a memorial to WWI veterans. I didn't know there wasn't one.

Geri Marshall
Am Vets #80 California
Geri Marshall
March 13, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Frank Buckles. Godspeed, Sir, and thank you for your service.
K Taylor
March 13, 2011
Thank you for your service to our country. May God bless you and hold you in his hands.
Kelli Warren
March 13, 2011
Rest in peace Mr. Buckles. May your story always be remembered. Thank you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Buckles Family.
Chris Power
March 13, 2011
In studying family genealogy, I learned that my family and the Buckles family were associated a long time ago - in fact there's a record of Frank's 4xGreatgrandfather Robert's having witnessed a deed conveying 400 acres of land in what was then part of Frederick Co.,VA to my 4xGreatgrandfather Henry Lloyd in 1750. Remarkably. when Frank came east after WW II, he bought some of that same property near Charles Town, WV where he lived out his life. Some of their children migrated to Ohio's Miami Valley and there were five intermarriages. (None of the Buckles's in these marriages,nowever, were Frank's ancestors, so he and I aren't really related.) A cousin who had visited Frank's farm with his children told me about this, so my wife and I made an unannounced visit to that farm one Sunday in 2003. We found Frank sunning himself on his back porch and he insisted on our coming inside so he could show us his house and pictures, and tell us about his adventures. We were just beginning to realize how honored we'd been. Each year we have cheered at his birthday and we're very sad to hear that he's finally gone.
Richard Watson
March 13, 2011
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Frank Buckles. We are forever grateful for his service to his country and the cause of freedom. Rest in peace, soldier, your mission here is complete.
David Shreckengost
March 13, 2011
My sincere condolences to Mr. Buckles family. He fought the good fight and lived a long and productive life. He left behind those who loved him and many many more he never knew who will mourn his passing. Rest easy now, in the loving arms of the father and in the presence of comrades and angels.
The last Dough Boy has now reported for his new duty in heaven.

God bless him
Carl Pyrdum
March 13, 2011
It has been an honor getting to know you through the messages of Barry Nelson (Partnership For America's Heroes.)
Sir, you are an American Icon. I agree...America has lost a true "Hero." God bless....
Shirley Hutton
March 13, 2011

May God bless you, and may you Rest in Peace. You are a hero. Thankyou for your service to our country.
Donna Westbrook
March 13, 2011
Thank you for your service. You have brought so much honor to our country. We are so grateful for you. Thank you.
Casey Cloud
March 13, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Buckles' family and friends. Mr. Buckles was a very honorable man, and he will never be forgotten. We will continue and finish Mr. Buckles' fight for recognition for all the WW1 Veterans.
Our family is unable to go and show respect at the visitation or the funeral. We will be praying for you here in Michigan. Rest in Peace and God Bless!
Todd and Cheryl De Jonge& family
March 13, 2011
To the Buckles Family,
I wish you great peace in the coming days and weeks ahead. I hold you all in my prayers and most especially, this brave man who fought for freedom and the safety of mankind. He should be honoured not only in the Capitol but by the everyday man and woman who can live their lives in safety because he took up the call to arms. We can honour him by doing our part and assisting not only returning soldiers but people in need in our own community in his honour. May he rest in loving peace.
Katherine Ivancic
March 13, 2011
May God bless his soul and may he Rest in Peace with his Brothers in Arms. Thank you for your service to our country.
Bob Anderson
March 13, 2011
Rest in Peace, Hero
Chris Black
March 13, 2011
Mr. Buckles may you rest in peace. Thank you for your service to our country and may we never forget the true heros our country has known, the men and women of the armed forces.

Bianca Orta, Tampa, Florida
March 13, 2011
It was a high honor for me to see Frank Buckles in Washington,DC at the Salute to the Armed Forces Day at RFK Stadium. God bless him and his generation.
Ron Stern
March 13, 2011
America has lost the last WWI hero! What an amazing legacy. I was introduced to his story through "Lest We Forget" which has done a wonderful job of honoring him. Bless your family at this sad time. My prayers are with you!
Kathi Mirto
March 13, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Dale Hemphill
March 13, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to you all. Getting to know Frank and your family these past few years has been an honor. He was a true patriot to the end. May his story live on. God bless.
Vic and Ruth De Jonge
March 13, 2011
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Getting to know Frank and your family these past few years has been a true honor. He was a true patriot to the end. May his story live on.
Vic and Ruth De Jonge
March 13, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. It is a great honor to live in the same era as such a hero as Frank Buckles. May god bless and keep you and may the angels now realize that there truly is a new flower that god haas chosen to grow in his garden. RIP Mr. Buckles.
Donna Collis
March 12, 2011
Susannah,
Your father left us all with his legacy of honor and pride of being an American. We all loved your father and will miss his soft-spoken demeanor and kind spirit. He was an inspiration to us all; a hero, a patriot, a father, a friend. God has a special place for him in Heaven. I want to see him again, someday.
Thank you for the many hospitalities and kindness you showed us in the many trips we made to visit your father at your home. The Lest We Forget veterans will always regard you as part of our family. May God bless and keep you during this difficult and emotional time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Warm regards,

Ray Damaske
Lest We Forget member
Southwestern Michigan Chapter
Ray Damaske
March 12, 2011
"It was an honor to share a town with you. My son will never forget the afternoon he spent with you at your home.Thank you for your service.God Bless."
Wendy Wasson
March 12, 2011
We're so very sorry for your loss of this brave hero. What an amazing and exemplary American he was! You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron and Jan
Marine parents
March 12, 2011
May God bless you and your family. As a member of Lest We Forget group, I consider meeting you an honor I will never forget. Thank you for your service.
Kenneth McKeown
March 12, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family.

Frank Buckles was a unique and honorable gentleman apart from his longevity and singular role as the final survivor of American WWI military service.

He lived his entire life with love, loyalty, industry, and dedication to his country. We should all strive to emulate this fine man.

It was my honor and privilege to shake his hand in 2007 in South Charleston where he was Armed Forces Day Parade Marshal.

He shall not easily fade away. God Bless You and Rest in Peace, good soldier.
Terry Shorr
March 12, 2011
I salute you Mr Buckles, for your service to a grateful nation. It was an honor to live not far from you, and to meet you and shake your hand and thank you in person, at your band concert in Williamsport MD. To Susannah and extended family, please accept my condolences. May God comfort you through the valley times and to the sunshine once again.
Kathryn Freese
March 12, 2011
Mr. Buckles, You truly are one of America's finest and most honored citizen's. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your beloved Susannah. The ONLY reason that Americans enjoy freedom today is because of sacrifices of Veterans like yourself. WE SALUTE YOU SIR!!!! Rob,Dee and Shawn Kesterke,members Lest We Forget St. Joseph, Michigan
March 12, 2011
My condolences to the Buckles' family and sincere appreciation for sharing Frank's life story. Mr. Buckles is a true hero and role model. Our country could benefit from people following in his footsteps.
Pamela Burg
March 12, 2011
God Bless you and your family. We are forever indebted to you for your service and sacrifice to this country. We will never forget you and will always remain a Hero in our eyes and hearts.
SALUTE!
Cindy and David Perez, SMSgt USAF ret.
Parents in law of: SSgt Joshua Hudson USMC 1/2
Trace Zuniga USMC 8 yrs
Parents of: CPO Christopher Perez USN ret.
David and Cindy Perez
March 11, 2011
JUST THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE AND INSPIRATION!
MICHAEL SHAW
March 11, 2011
Rest in eternal peace ol' friend.
Anthony Peter Senecal
March 11, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Frank Buckles. I did not know him but I knew of him, and as an American it is my sacred duty to express my profound thanks to him for his service to our country.
Lynne Evans
March 11, 2011
Thank You, Sir. God bless your dear family.
Mr&Mrs Mike Jess
March 11, 2011
Mr. Buckles was a true American Hero. Someone that our children could look up to. There aren't many of those left anymore. You Sir did your duty for our country and the Freedom's we all enjoy today. You are now at peace in the sweet arms of Jesus with all your fellow comrades. I have lost family in WWI,WWII, my husband survived Vietnam but many friends didn't. I give you all the highest respect. God Bless your family...Bruce, Linda, Brucie and David
Linda Dennis
March 11, 2011
May his memory be eternal!
Melinda Kouklis
March 11, 2011
You Sir, were the primer for our powder in the years that followed. I am proud to have worn the same uniform, and prouder yet that the primer is still active today. HUA. Job well done, rest now and the drinks are on me when we meet.
Steven Cline
March 11, 2011
Service,honor,attention to duty.Frank Buckles was a fine soldier and a great American Patriot.He will live in a greatful nation's heart forever.
May God Bless you Frank.
William Baldwin
107th Infantry,Recreated
Wiliam Baldwin
March 11, 2011
Dear Frank Buckles Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I want to thank Frank for his service to our nation and our freedom. I am a retired American history teacher from a small town in New Mexico and spent class time teaching about World War I.

Thank you.
Mildred Pritchett
March 10, 2011
Dear Frank--

I will miss seeing you every week and helping you maintain your physical stamina.

What a great "fitness" icon you have been for many years! Always using your medicine ball on ship, and going to the "gymnasium" as you called it.
And, even while in the Japanese prison camps, you kept the faith. (I love it that you said the Japanese guards stole some of your exercises!)

I am still hoping that you will lie in state in the Rotunda. No one deserves that honer more than you.

My next step--since I already faxed Boehner and Reid, is to send a fax to every single person in our government.

Big Hugs to you, Frank--
Diane Mickelson
Dinamic Fitness
March 10, 2011
Our heart-felt sympathies and prayers go out to Susannah and Michael. It was a pleasure to have known Frank, and to share family history with him. Our family was certainly blessed to have such an extraordinary patriarch!

Your cousins in Central Illinois,

Stan and Joan Buckles
March 9, 2011
From the pen of our great Apostle Paul, "... the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:6-7) Peace and Blessings to the family.
Marilyn Flugum-James
March 7, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss.. May you rest in peace, and know the nation is grieving the loss of a national hero.

My grandfather, PFC Ira Haaven, was also a "Doughboy," and served as an ambulance driver in Chateau-Thierry, France during WW1... Perhaps they crossed paths at some point.. God Bless your family..
Jerri Haaven Pearlman
March 7, 2011
We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.
George Whetzel
March 7, 2011
I have had the pleasure of having known some of the great men who fought in that war so many years ago.It has been my pleasure to help give the Last Man Standing, your father, the honor due him. He would not have quit this battle and neither will we. May he Rest in Peace. Bless you and your family.
Charles Draper
March 6, 2011
rest in peace n sleep with the angels
March 6, 2011
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
MICKEY APPLEGATE
March 6, 2011
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