“Last Doughboy” Honored on Memorial Day

By Allison Dolan

This week, Photo Detective blogger Maureen A. Taylor posted about visiting the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

Missouri also is the birth state of the last known Doughboy—the last living American-born soldier of the 4,734,991 who fought in World War I. In 1917, Frank Woodruff Buckles convinced an Army recruiter he was 18 and went to England as a casualty retriever.

Spending Memorial Day in Kansas City, the 107-year-old Buckles toured the WWI museum and received a medal from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Washington Post syndicated columnist Gorge Will’s recent article tells more about Buckles’ extraordinary life story.