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Guest column/Offering a salute to America’s last doughboy

February 2, 2013
The Herald-Star

America's last surviving World War I veteran, West Virginian Frank Woodruff Buckles, died in February 2011. Though we never met, I grew up with many of his Doughboy contemporaries. My grandfather, a World War I cavalryman, was one of them. He was born in 1897 and his hand-colored 1917 Army portrait hangs on my wall. They were the generation that connected the frontier days to our emerging modernity, saw the first automobiles and airplanes and lived through the sinking of the Titanic.

 
 

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