Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The world's remaining WWI vets

A blog recently caught my eye with details on the surviving WWI vets. Over at "The Shield of Achilles" blog , I read a eye opening post. LINK

Two brief excerpts

Believe it or not, there are still between 23-34 living veterans of WWI in the entire world. The numbers differ depending on how you count them; 23 living persons have verified claims of actually serving during the war. Another 7 men served shortly after the Armistice or in other concurrent conflicts such as the Russian revolution, while 4 more cannot fully verify their claims.

This article about 106 year-old Frank Woodruff Buckles, one of the few US WWI vets, is inspiring. Although he was only 16, he was persistent in joining the war effort, and so he lied about his age. He was turned away from several recruiters before finally managing to join the Army in 1917. He never saw combat, but in one of those strange twists of fate, at the outbreak of WWII he worked in a shipping business, was captured by the Japanese, and held prisoner for over three years. He credits one Filipino man with saving his life by bringing him food, and kept in touch with him over the years, eventually even paying for his children's tuition to college.

A link to a list with names and and service details for the remaining 23-24 WWI vets

Link (Wiki)

Another link with photographs of each surviving vet

Photos Link

Head on over and give some of this a read... pay attention to their ages.


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