Buckles escorted German prisoners of war back to their homeland after the Armistice, then returned to the United States and later worked in the Toronto office of the White Star shipping line. He traveled widely over the years, working for steamship companies, and he was on business in Manila when the Japanese occupied it after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December He was imprisoned by the Japanese and lost more than 50 pounds before being liberated by an American airborne unit in February After retiring from steamship work in the mids, Mr.
Buckles ran a cattle ranch in Charles Town, and he was still riding a tractor there at age In April , Mr.
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Buckles was identified by the Department of Veterans Affairs as one of the four known survivors among the more than 4. Two of the four — J. Coffey died in December at ; Mr. Landis, in February at Buckles is survived by his daughter, Susannah Flanagan. His wife, Audrey, died in More than eight decades after World War I ended, Mr.
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During a visit to the run-down, neglected site a few years ago, he went past the nearby World War II memorial without stopping, even as younger veterans stopped and saluted the old soldier in his wheelchair as he went by. Renovations to the structure began last fall, but Buckles, with his health already failing, could not make a trip to Washington to review the improvements. The National Park Service is overseeing efforts that include replacing a neglected walkway and dressing up a deteriorated dome and marble columns.
Details for services and arrangements will be announced in the days ahead, the family statement said. Flanagan, his daughter, said preliminary plans began weeks ago, with the Military District of Washington expressing its support for an honors burial at Arlington, including an escort platoon, a horse-drawn casket arrival, a band and a firing party. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia.
Manchin issued a statement Monday that read, in part, "He lived a long and rich life as a true American patriot, and I hope that his family's loss is lightened with the knowledge that he was loved and will be missed by so many. Buckles in attended Veterans Day ceremonies at the grave of Pershing, the commander of U. He also met with then-President George W.
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Bush at the White House, and U. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon. Hollywood has not turned its gaze in this direction for decades. Yet few events have so markedly shaped the world we live in. More than , Americans were killed, and more than , wounded, in the 19 months of U.
The overall death toll of the conflict was more than Details can be found at: www.