A hale and hearty Frank Buckles in 1917. Today, at 108 years of age Mr. Buckles is a delightful person and a gracious host. It was a real pleasure to visit him, and such a surprise to find that he lives only 25 minutes from my door!
Following Armistice Day, Mr. Buckles enjoyed a prosperous career working for various steamship lines and in that capacity ended up in the Philippines in 1941. Although no longer a fighting man, Mr. Buckles was imprisioned by the Japanese and held, under grueling conditions, until his rescue in 1945 by those doughboys of a later generation, the American G.I.s
Happy Veterans Day Mr. Buckles!
To learn more about Mr. Buckles and the World War One Memorial restoration efforts, link here