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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Last surviving WWI veteran to be buried

By Associated Press

The body of the West Virginia soldier who outlived every other American who served in World War I will soon be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

A private service for the family and friends of Frank Buckles is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Family spokesman and Buckles biographer David DeJonge said Thursday that plans to let the public pay respects to the last of the so-called doughboys remain in limbo.

Buckles' daughter wanted her father to lie in repose in the U.S. Capitol, but Congress failed to approve that plan.

Politicians remain divided over how to best honor Buckles and the 4.7 million other Americans who served.

Buckles enlisted in the Army at 16 after lying about his age.

He died last month at his Charles Town home at 110.

By Associated Press  | March 10, 2011; 11:24 AM ET
 
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Thank you for your service to our country, sir, you have honored it greatly. Rest in peace as Americans continue to fight for our own.

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | March 10, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Really Washington Post? Really?
Look at your headline.

Posted by: bfa1 | March 10, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I hope Mr. Buckles daughter tells the congressmen who denied him the right to lie in the Rotunda to stay away from his funeral.

What a bunch of arrogant jerks they are.

Posted by: Janice11 | March 10, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse


This great American deserved the honor of lying in state in the Capitol rotunda. He was the final link to a historic part of America's past. Of late, he honor was afforded two Capitol police officers, as well as Rosa Parks, so it would not be without precedent. It is a shame that the Congressional leadership did not see fit to afford Mr. Buckles this honor.

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Posted by: adjjones | March 10, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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