Bringing Frank Buckles,
the last WWI Veteran,
to the U.S.Capitol
The Spirit of Liberty Foundation was honored to arrange for Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last living WWI veteran, to visit the Capitol on June 18th, 2008, for a nationally televised ceremony where all 100 U.S. Senators signed a proclamation honoring him.
Frank Buckles was born in February of 1901 in Bethany, Missouri, and led a truly remarkable life. Buckles enlisted in the Army in April of 1917 at the beginning of the United States’ involvement in World War I. He drove motorcycles, cars and ambulances for the Army in France and England.
In December of 1941, Buckles was a civilian working for a cargo shipping company in the Philippines. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese and intern in a prisoner of war camp for three years and three months during World War II.
The Spirit of Liberty Foundation was proud to honor this true American Hero while he was still alive.