Monday, February 28, 2011

RIP - Frank Buckles-Last WW I Veteran-110 years of age..

and thank you --Sir- I would be honored to shake your hand when we meet on the other-better side ...
Notice Mr. Buckles informing the lib reporter-"Nobody calls me a liar."
Thank you -too- David De Jonge - for honoring him and other veterans with your wonderful artistic talent through photography..
h/t JAWA-for the heads up--
I found this video via De Jonge search...

13 comments:

Jg. for FatScribe said...

hear, hear! great post and wonderful tribute.

speaking of honor for our vets. i met a few years back harry connick, jr., at a restaurant in l.a. He was with his mother-in-law the sculptress (and Jill Goodacre's mom) who was commissioned to do the woman's vietnam memorial. very interesting woman and artist. if you haven't, you might check her (and it) out for inspiration.

ciao!

Mustang said...

I wrote about Mr. Buckles a little over a year ago. Your post does him (and all veterans) honor and I offer you my crisp hand salute.

Semper Fi

Jg. for FatScribe said...
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Jg. for FatScribe said...

Carol -- here you go:

http://www.visitingdc.com/memorial/vietnam-women's-memorial.htm

thought i'd save you the trouble. Glenna Goodacre, btw, is her name.

Jg.

The_Kid said...

WWI was so absurd.. Men constrained to constantly muddy trenches for years. Advanced weapon (BAR) held back for fear the enemy would copy it. jimmy carter's mom must have been in charge. Stop the ground wars. Screw with us and you get the lowest yield weapon(s) which will relocate you and all supporting you into the next life. From the air or from space.

christian soldier said...

Jg-thank you so much for the heads up on Genna Goodacre and her tie to the Vietnam Women's Memorial--

M-thank you - my friend-all of our BEST - and includes you :-)-deserve the best from us!

K-did not know about BAR-will look it up...Tank you ...

The_Kid said...

Carol, it's a slow day :)
Wiki on the BAR

While Wiki doesn't point this out specifically, I know for a fact from a variety of sources that the weapon was intentionally held back because 'they' were afraid the Germans would acquire and copy the weapon.
Because I'm a genius of course ;-)
A Little humor.

They Say/We Say said...

When these great people are all gone, our younger ones will have no reference about these greatest generations.
There is a storm brewing!

christian soldier said...

TSWS-a storm brewing-
good illustrative take--
I am so glad we still have honorable people who are serving this great Nation...let then be an example to our young,,,

Ronbo said...

TAPS FOR A HERO!

The WW I veterans were awesome dudes.

My great grandfather served in "The Great War" and would you believe it, was part of the Allied Army that invaded Russia by way of Siberia in 1918?

This is a fact, the USA sent a U.S. Army regiment to Siberia to fight with the "White" Russians and Japanese (The Japs were our allies in WW I) against the Communists (called Bolsheviks in those days) and as a young boy in the 1950s in Huntington, West Viginia, I listened to these stories of combat in the frozen north with awe, while great grandfather showed me his pictures album of this little known WW I adventure.

This WW I combat veteran passed away in 1967 without ever saying a good word about Communism, or the Democrat Party.

William Stout said...

Mr. Buckles is the last of an era. When they say that they don't make men like that anymore, they mean men like Frank Buckles. Each generations must face its own challenges, but the men of the Great War and World War II were a cut above.

Today, we desperately need the wisdom, honor, and integrity that these men possessed. Thier example should guide our way as a nation.

christian soldier said...

WS-They were of a great generation-
The youth who surround me in classes at the local college have a certain generous spirit that encourages me that all is not lost...they just have to be told the truth about history and economics...

MK said...

Thank to him and all the others who fought so that we wouldn't have to.