World War I Survivor Turns 109
If there's anything that Frank Woodruff Buckles would like to see before his 109 years on Earth come to an end, it's the dedication of a new World War I memorial in Washington, D.C.
Buckles, America's last living World War I survivor, turned 109 recently and the dedication of a Washington D.C. memorial was his only wish.
Celebrating his birthday with family and friends, Buckles, who calls West Virginia home, was born in Harrison County, Mo. and hopes to blow out a few more candles.
Among those at Buckle's party was biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge, who calls the veteran an international icon and patriot.
DeJonge is working on a documentary film he says should take about a year to complete. He hopes to release Buckles' story in late 2011 or early 2012.