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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. |
Category: Associated Press, combat infantrymen's association, Doughboy, headquarters company, Technical Career Institutes, White House


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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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