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American Hero

Sad news today as America's last World War I veteran has died. Frank Buckles died in his West Virginia home of natural causes. He enlisted in the army in April 1917 after lying about his age to get in. He was only 16 at the time, but said he was 18, the minimum age to join. World War I began in 1914, but the United States didn't enter the war until 1917, joining Britain and France against Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Turks. Buckles was one of almost 5 million Americans who served in World War I in 1917 and 1918. He was stationed in England and France as an ambulance driver. Buckles was born on February 1 of what year? How old was he when he died?

Frank Buckles was born on February 1, 1901 and was 110 years old when he died.

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