Last WWI vet pushes for memorial in D.C.
America's last surviving World War I veteran said Wednesday that Congress should pass legislation to create a memorial in the nation's capital honoring veterans of that conflict. West Virginia resident Frank Buckles, 109 and the last of 5 million Americans who fought in World War I, is honorary chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation. On the eve of Veterans Day, Buckles said the memorial doesn't have to be elaborate but should be created alongside others commemorating other 20th century conflicts. Born in 1901, Buckles was 16 when he enlisted but persuaded the Army he was 18. He saw no combat but worked as a driver and warehouse clerk in Europe and helped repatriate German prisoners after the war.