The Last Doughboy: A Tribute to Corporal Frank Buckles (1901-2011)

“David, you have a duty to live. I have a duty to live. There are so many people we need to outlive.”

-Corporal Frank Buckles

February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011

Corporal Frank Buckles died after completing all of his duties to his country at 110 years and 26 days.  I had the distinct privilege to become part of this wonderful American soldier’s life after he called me up one July morning in 2007. The call went something like this:

David: Good morning! This is David Hall. How may I help you?

Frank: Hello, this is Frank Buckles. I’m a WWI veteran. It is a fine thing you are doing with the Liberty Bell, sir. I-

David: (interrupting) Thank you.

Frank: I would like to stand with you. Well, I need to go. Thank you for what you are doing for our troops. (Click.)

I googled Frank Buckles and there he was – WWI army corporal, one of four Americans still living. I excitely went to the kitchen to tell my wife, Phyllis, the news. I had talked with an American icon.

Later that day, Phyllis received another phone call:

Susan: Hello, my name is Susan Flannigan. Did you receive a phone call from this number earlier today?

Phyllis: Yes, yes, from a Frank Buckles. He talked with my husband.

Susan: I’m Frank’s daughter. Did he promise you anything?

And so began a friendship that has endured to bless our lives.

Frank had a duty to live.

Crossposted R3publicans
Published on: Mar 10, 2011 @ 2:58
Frank Buckles will be laid to Rest in Arlington Memorial with full military honors on March 15, 2011

About Sandra Crosnoe/FGST
OK, yes, I have been at this for a while but I started young! Philosophically I am a conservative, limited government freedom lover. I was a co-founder of R3publicans in 2008 (after the Ron Paul campaign). OKGrassroots and Constitutional Liberty Coalition arose out of local coalition efforts and teaparty efforts in the 2009/2010 timeframe. I live in Oklahoma now, but I grew up in Texas and was a cofounder of Associated Conservatives of Texas in the 90's. We launched the Traveling Liberty Bell there with my good friends the Halls. Ring the bell whenever you get the chance! Together we are working to restore the republic and proclaim liberty throughout the land. For Life and Liberty, Sandra Crosnoe Finding Gems & Sharing Them - my personal blog R3publicans OKGrassroots Constitutional Liberty Coalition

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