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World War I club is down to its last man

A 97-year-old man has become the sole survivor of a World War I Last Man's Club, making him the recipient of the group's bottle of vintage champagne.

"I never expected to be the last one," V. Homer Wilson said before receiving the bottle last week. "I'm very proud of this."

The club's next-to-last member, Angus Armstrong, died two weeks ago in Waco, Texas.

Wilson's Last Man's Club, one of a number of similar groups started by World War I veterans, was formed by American Legion Goad-Ballinger Post 69 at the beginning of the war.

The club originally had 781 members, post adjutant John Freeman said.

Wilson, a retired insurance agent who did stevedore work for the Navy, has missed just two post meetings in the past year.

He donated the champagne to the post's museum.