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(CNN)   Frank Buckles, America's last WWI veteran, has died   (news.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 152
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2011-02-28 12:13:53 AM
It's going to be a kicka** funeral at Arlington.
 
2011-02-28 12:15:03 AM
WWI?

I believe you mean "The Great War" subby.
 
2011-02-28 12:20:19 AM
And an era passes into history.
 
2011-02-28 12:23:52 AM
i56.tinypic.com

RIP Pig Knuckles
 
2011-02-28 12:24:04 AM
Buckles instead wanted attention drawn to the plight of the D.C. War Memorial. During a visit to the run-down, neglected site a few years ago, he went past the nearby World War II memorial without stopping, even as younger veterans stopped and saluted the old soldier in his wheelchair as he went by.

OK which congressman s gonna get the brownie points for pushing that ahead?

Pointy Tail of Satan: It's going to be a kicka** funeral at Arlington.


From the article, wow it sure will.
 
2011-02-28 12:24:58 AM
I think the guy's homepage is farked.
 
2011-02-28 01:06:31 AM
It is sad, I remember in high school we had some local WWI veterans come speak.

Soon it will be all the WWII vets, and then the Korean war vets. Get the stories out now folks, and write them down. They are leaving us quickly.

I wish I had written down all my grandfather's WWII stories, too late now.
 
2011-02-28 01:08:13 AM
Godspeed soldier.
*Salutes*
 
2011-02-28 01:25:14 AM

gameshowhost: RIP Pig Knuckles


*puke*
 
2011-02-28 01:48:04 AM
Holy crap the Army's gonna put on a show...


wow, Salute.
 
2011-02-28 02:01:09 AM
Godspeed Mr. Buckles.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


/Salutes
//If the poem is not appropriate, feel free to delete.
 
2011-02-28 02:01:57 AM

Mentat: And an era passes into history.



Indeed.

My, how times have changed.

And how they haven't.
 
2011-02-28 02:06:41 AM
Crap, I just submitted my headline ...

I mean, rest in peace, hero!
 
2011-02-28 02:30:34 AM
Dear Americans,

Though I am unable to be in our great nation's capitol today to pay honor to the many men and women who have fought and died protecting our freedom, I want you to know the depth of my gratitude to our service members and the deep personal significance Memorial Day has to me.

In 1918, I was sure there would never be another world war. But just 23 years later - the day after Pearl Harbor - I became one of 2,000 civilians who would spend the next 3 and a half years in a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines.

I was born in 1901 during the McKinley Administration in the heartland of America. I was thirteen when World War I broke out in Europe. For me the decision to join the service was an easy one. The hard part was finding someone who'd let me join.

I was just 16 and didn't look a day older. I confess to you that I lied to more than one recruiter. I gave them my solemn word that I was 18, but I'd left my birth certificate back home in the family Bible. They'd take one look at me and laugh and tell me to home before my mother noticed I was gone.

Somehow I got the idea that telling an even bigger whopper was the way to go. So I told the next recruiter that I was 21 and darned if he didn't sign me up on the spot! I enlisted in the Army on the 14th of August 1917. As a 16-year-old boy, you think you're invincible and I wanted to go where the action was.

One of the older sergeants told me the fastest way to get to France was to go into the Ambulance Corps. So that's what I did. There was never a shortage of blown-up bodies that needed to be rushed to the nearest medical care. The British and French troops were in bad shape - even guys about my age looked old and tired.

After three years of living and dying inside a dirt trench, you know the Brits and French were happy to see us "doughboys." Every last one of us Yanks believed we'd wrap this thing up in a month or two and head back home before harvest. In other words, we were the typical, cocky Americans no one wants around, until they need help winning a war.

But that's what makes America special - as much as we want to avoid war, we're ready to sacrifice everything if that's what it takes to make sure the bad guys don't win. America's entry into the war was decisive. Just 19 months after the first Yanks arrived, the guns fell silent.

The Armistice commenced on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and battered troops on both sides crawled out of their trenches for the last time. When the armistice came, I thought the Europeans would be dancing in the streets. After the Armistice, I was assigned to deliver German POW's back to their homeland. Looking at their war-weary faces, I never dreamed that one day I'd find myself in the same position - but in much worse circumstances.

On December 7, 1941, the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor. Even before Congress declared war on Japan, young American men were lining up to enlist. At the time, I was working in the Manila office for a shipping firm called the White Star Line.

White Star was the line that had owned the Titanic. White Star also owned the Carpathian - the ship that had rescued the Titanic's survivors...and the Carpathian was also the ship that had taken me to the battlefields of France in 1917. You know, looking back I think I should have seen all those White Star connections as an omen of things to come. But I didn't.

The Axis war in Europe and Asia had been going on for the last several years. But General MacArthur had assured us that Manila was the safest city in the Orient. MacArthur was a great general, but this time he guessed wrong.

On December 8th, just one day after Pearl Harbor, a Japanese invasion took control of Manila. The Japanese took thousands of us foreigners to Los Banos, a prison camp 40 miles southeast of Manila. Along with 2,000 other foreign civilians, I was designated a prisoner of war.

For the next 3 and a half years, my fellow POW's and I had only two things on our minds. We wondered when MacArthur was going to return and how we were going to find something to fill our stomachs. The starvation at Los Banos was so bad, it is surprising that any of us survived. When The 11th Airborne finally freed us on February 23, 1945, we all looked pretty much like skeletons with skin on.

America goes to war to free, to liberate, to protect, and to bring justice to bear. I hope this Memorial Day, you take the time to thank the veterans you meet for their service to this country - the sacrifices that they have made to preserve your freedom.

May God bless you and God bless America!

Frank Buckles
Corporal
World War I
U.S. Army (Retired)

linkers (new window)
 
2011-02-28 03:35:38 AM
Rest In Peace. You've earned it.

My Great Grandmother died about 4 years ago at the age of 102. It never ceased to amaze me all that she had seen in her lifetime. This guy went through both World Wars, Rock and Roll, hippies, the internet, and the first black president. Awesome indeed.
 
2011-02-28 03:52:24 AM

Fon_Win: America goes to war to free, to liberate, to protect, and to bring justice to bear.


That was nice when it used to be true.
 
2011-02-28 05:52:51 AM
Thank you for your service sir.
 
2011-02-28 06:14:20 AM

gopher321: gameshowhost: RIP Pig Knuckles

*puke*


Wait, are you actually puking, or calling him a puke? 'Cause man, I could go for some pig knuckles right now
 
2011-02-28 06:16:24 AM
doglover: WWI?

I believe you mean "The Great War" subby.


You mean "The War to End All War".
 
2011-02-28 06:17:14 AM
I guess Ol' Frank finally buckled.
 
2011-02-28 06:17:40 AM

monty666: Fon_Win: America goes to war to free, to liberate, to protect, and to bring justice to bear.

That was nice when it used to be true.


bearsrepeating.jpg

\Call me Cpt. Buzzkill, but this really can't be repeated enough...
 
2011-02-28 06:18:52 AM

monty666: Fon_Win: America goes to war to free, to liberate, to protect, and to bring justice to bear.

That was nice when it used to be true.


Yeah, the bears really need some justice.
 
2011-02-28 06:19:13 AM
Let what they did never be forgotten.
 
2011-02-28 06:21:02 AM
Hmm, I think I remember seeing an article on this guy a month ago or so. Sad :-/
At least he got to stick around for a while.
 
2011-02-28 06:21:45 AM
And then there were two.

/In a couple of years, experiences of the great war will pass from living memory. Lest we forget.
 
2011-02-28 06:24:21 AM
They were summoned from the hillside, they were called in from the glen,
And the country found them ready at the stirring call for men.
Let no tears add to their hardships, as the soldiers pass along,
And although your heart is breaking, make it sing this cheery song:

Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away they dream of home.
There's a silver lining, through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out, 'til the boys come home.

Overseas there came a pleading,
"Help a nation in distress."
And we gave our glorious laddies, honor bade us do no less,
For no gallant son of freedom to a tyrant's yoke should bend,
And a noble heart must answer to the sacred call of "Friend."

Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away they dream of home.
There's a silver lining, through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out 'til the boys come home.
 
2011-02-28 06:24:32 AM
My last grandparent, my mom's father, just died about 2 weeks ago. He was 91 and served in the pacific in ww2. Then he worked for GM the rest of his life til he retired.
 
2011-02-28 06:25:49 AM
Private Baldrick: No, the thing is: The way I see it, these days there's a war on, right? and, ages ago, there wasn't a war on, right? So, there must have been a moment when there not being a war on went away, right? and there being a war on came along. So, what I want to know is: How did we get from the one case of affairs to the other case of affairs?
Captain Blackadder: Do you mean "How did the war start?"
Lieutenant George: The war started because of the vile Hun and his villainous empire- building.
Captain Blackadder: George, the British Empire at present covers a quarter of the globe, while the German Empire consists of a small sausage factory in Tanganiki. I hardly think that we can be entirely absolved of blame on the imperialistic front.
Lieutenant George: Oh, no, sir, absolutely not.
[aside, to Baldrick] Mad as a bicycle!
Private Baldrick: I heard that it started when a bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich 'cause he was hungry.
Captain Blackadder: I think you mean it started when the Archduke of Austro-Hungary got shot.
Private Baldrick: Nah, there was definitely an ostrich involved, sir.
Captain Blackadder: Well, possibly. But the real reason for the whole thing was that it was too much effort not to have a war.
Lieutenant George: By Gum, this is interesting. I always loved history. The Battle of Hastings, Henry VIII and his six knives, all that.
Captain Blackadder: You see, Baldrick, in order to prevent war in Europe, two superblocs developed: us, the French and the Russians on one side, and the Germans and Austro-Hungary on the other. The idea was to have two vast opposing armies, each acting as the other's deterrent. That way there could never be a war.
Private Baldrick: But, this is a sort of a war, isn't it, sir?
Captain Blackadder: Yes, that's right. You see, there was a tiny flaw in the plan.
Private Baldrick: What was that, sir?
Captain Blackadder: It was bollocks.
Private Baldrick: So the poor old ostrich died for nothing then.
 
2011-02-28 06:27:08 AM
www.onlygoodmovies.com
R.I.P. Bucky
 
2011-02-28 06:28:50 AM
Apparently the HERO tag is too distraught to make an appearance.
 
2011-02-28 06:29:37 AM

Godspeed, Mr. Buckles. These soldiers salute your service:

i78.photobucket.com
 
2011-02-28 06:36:56 AM
R.I.P. Sir.
 
2011-02-28 06:43:51 AM
The Great War.

The War to End All Wars.

The first of two world wars. The death of millions. The meat grinder. Hell on earth.

/Rest in peace, sir.
//Would that you hadn't had to go through that
 
2011-02-28 06:44:03 AM
Wish I could have bought him a drink.
 
2011-02-28 06:45:22 AM

scooter1369: Apparently the HERO tag is too distraught to make an appearance.


He drove a truck and did office work. I thank him for his service during a tough time in our history, and he certainly deserves recognition for his longevity, but the guy was no more a hero than I am.

/Godspeed, Mr. Buckles.
 
2011-02-28 06:45:49 AM
My mom met him when he went to testify. Her school helped raise a bunch of money for the memorial. RIP. Sad he'll never see it, but glad it's getting done.

/perspective: this man lived through the entirety of the 20th century
//he got to watch a civilization epoch... live!
 
2011-02-28 06:46:55 AM
May you find the peace that so eluded you on Earth.
 
2011-02-28 06:47:03 AM
RIP, Mr. Buckles, one of the last heroes.
 
2011-02-28 06:47:59 AM
It's funny how war turns conservatives into weepy-eyed poets.
 
2011-02-28 06:49:01 AM

HotSalsaZoot: RIP, Mr. Buckles, one of the last heroes.


Really?
 
2011-02-28 06:50:55 AM

dittybopper: scooter1369: Apparently the HERO tag is too distraught to make an appearance.

He drove a truck and did office work. I thank him for his service during a tough time in our history, and he certainly deserves recognition for his longevity, but the guy was no more a hero than I am.

/Godspeed, Mr. Buckles.


Not during those 3+ years he spent in a POW camp.
 
2011-02-28 06:56:36 AM
That sad tag needs to pick its pansy ass up and make room for the hero tag.

/thank you for your service, my good man.
 
2011-02-28 07:00:32 AM
img14.imageshack.us

lololo
 
2011-02-28 07:04:44 AM

F22raptom: lololo


"Anthony" is clearly a filthy Hun.
 
2011-02-28 07:07:38 AM
media.comicvine.com
R.I.P. Knuckles
 
2011-02-28 07:07:39 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: F22raptom: lololo

"Anthony" is clearly a filthy Hun.


Sounds like one of those damn Prussians, to me...
 
2011-02-28 07:09:17 AM

gopher321: gameshowhost: RIP Pig Knuckles

*puke*


At first I thought that was a close-up photo of ripped out teeth.

Now, I wish it really was a close-up photo of ripped out teeth, because that would have been less nauseating.
 
2011-02-28 07:15:18 AM
images.wikia.com

/RIP Mighty warrior
//They have been saving you that last seat in Valhalla for a damn long time
 
2011-02-28 07:15:35 AM

gameshowhost: RIP Pig Knuckles


they are called trotterz
 
2011-02-28 07:18:22 AM
Living to 110 is newsworthy even if he didn't fight in the Great War
 
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