Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Happy Birthday, Frank Buckles!

A gift for the last doughboy's 110th birthday - CNN.com: "Today, on the 110th birthday of Frank Buckles, it's worth pausing for a minute to reflect on the sweep of this man's remarkable life.

He served in the ambulance corps during World War I in France and Germany, where he evacuated wounded soldiers from the horrific battlefield. As if that weren't enough, he was drawn into World War II, where he survived three years in a Japanese POW camp after his freighter was captured.

Buckles also happens to be the last surviving doughboy, yet another distinction for a man who was able to join the Army at just 16. Frank Buckles was on this Earth before we had washing machines, before X-rays, before air conditioning, before TV or plastic, even before sliced bread. He is, in short, amazing and has been alive long enough to inspire awe at his longevity."


Graham Powell said...

Time marches on. I was born 103 years after the Civil War ended. In just 3 more years, it will be 100 years since World War I began.

Mike Dennis said...

He was also here before we had John Steinbeck, airplanes, cars that could go from coast to coast, the Titanic, Hollywood-made movies, Tide detergent, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, Peter Lorre, the Russo-Japanese War, and the Panama Canal.