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Last U.S. Doughboy to get Arlington burial


It took some pushing from friends and family, but America’s last known World War I veteran,  107-year-old Frank Buckles, of West Virginia, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery when he dies.

An Associated Press story says that while Buckles, who lied about his age and joined the Army at 16 in 1917, was eligible for cremation and placement in a columbarium at Arlington, he did not meet the criteria for below ground burial there.

An exception was granted  after his daughter and others took up the cause, making calls and sending e-mails to the Pentagon, White House and others in the federal government.

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 3:44 pm by Rich Liebson. |
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