Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving World War I veteran, passed away in his West Virginia home yesterday. He was 110. He joined the army on Aug. 14, 1917 after lying about his age (he was only 16 at the time), and earned the rank of Corporal, serving in France and England as an ambulance driver.
After 1918’s Armistice, he escorted prisoners of war back to Germany before being discharged in 1920.
Here is the full episode of The Pentagon Channel’s “Recon: The Great War,” featuring Frank Buckles.