World War 1 Veteran Celebrates 109th Birthday

(AP) -- America's last surviving World War I veteran is now 109.

Frank Woodruff Buckles celebrated his birthday Monday with family and friends at his home in West Virginia.

Buckles, who was born in Harrison County, Mo., says he hopes to celebrate at least a few more.

And he has one wish that he's waiting on Congress to grant: Buckles wants to see the dedication of a new World War I memorial in Washington, D.C.

Among those at his party was biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge, who calls Buckles an international icon and patriot.

DeJonge is working on a documentary film he says should take about a year to complete. He hopes to release Buckles' story in late 2011 or early 2012.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 02:37 AM
    109? Really? And lets see what else you people will believe.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    John I'm pretty sure the article said he's the ONLY one left from WWI...
  • by Dean Location: Wisconsin on Feb 2, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    It's a shame you have not received your wish, how sad government pet projects come before a war memorial to honor those that serve. I wonder if things would be different if the politicans had to serve in the military and sacrafice like yourself and so many others?
  • by DK on Feb 2, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Dues Paid!
  • by John Location: Richalnds on Feb 2, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    Happy Birthday!!!He was such a young man too live and make it through such a war. Not many if any of these old gents remain among us these days many more he should be blessed with.
  • by Vance on Feb 2, 2010 at 03:17 PM
    Man what a tough older fellow.To bad we cant be this tough any more.If he only knew about the gays in the military.Maybe it is better off he dont.Might be to stressful for him.Happy birthday young fellow american,and DONT READ THE NEWS!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 2, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    A real true American with the utmost integrity. I bet him seeing the destruction of our nation with all the liberal sinful BS that we've embraced as well as the bank robbing traitor we have lying and cheating his way through this presidency really upsets him. My dad is a living WWII veteran and he feels the same way. A country with No respect, No morals, No accountability, No backbone, No government under God and No balanced budget.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 2, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    Happy birthday you old coot, may the good Lord grant you many more. Thanks for your service. Now if we could just get the people in Washington DC to defend what you were fighting for.
  • by Brooke Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    Thank you for your service and God Bless America!
  • by Anonymous military dude on Feb 2, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    A true American patriot. God Bless You.
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