The man believed to be the last remaining U.S. veteran of World War I passed away this week at the age of 110. Frank Buckles celebrated his last birthday on February 1st. The Missouri native lied about his age in order to join the army when he was just 16 years old, and was one of almost 5 million Americans to survive the war in 1917 and 1918.
“I knew there’d be only one [survivor] someday. I didn’t think it would be me,” he was quoted as saying some time before his death.
Buckles was an ambulance driver during the war. He was captured and held for 38 months by the Japanese in 1941 during World War II, while working in Manila.