HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Flags around the state will be at half-staff Tuesday in memory of Army Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I.
Buckles was born on February 1, 1901 in Bethany in Harrison County Missouri. Buckles wanted to sign up for the military and tried many different branches. Buckles lied to enlisting officers, saying that he was 21 when he was only 16 years old. Buckles served as an ambulance driver for the United States Army. Buckles also served in World War II and became a prisoner of war in the Philippines where he was imprisoned for 39 months.
Army Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles lived with his daughter near Charles Town, West Virginia until his death on February 27, 2011. He was 110 years old.