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Veterans Day: Only 12 American World War I Vets Left

November 10, 2006

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Today is Veterans Day in America. A national holiday for some. A day to stop and recognize the great service that all of our military personnel — past and present — gave to their country. Some at the expense of their lives. We honor them today and thank them for their service.

Their sacrifices let me do what I do today … freely blog on the Internet while drinking my Sparky and Clark’s coffee.

I was going to search for some veterans’ tribute links for today, but I think a story that Al Tompkins from told us about this morning deserves a mention.

According to Al’s Morning Meeting, only 12 veterans from the Great War, World War I, are still alive. Scripps Howard reporter Lisa Hoffman brings this to our attention. They are:

  • Lloyd Brown, 106, lives in Bethesda, Md.
  • Russell Buchanan, 106, lives in Watertown, Mass.
  • Frank Buckles, 105, lives near Charles Town, W.Va.
  • Russell Coffey, 108, lives in North Baltimore, Ohio.
  • Samuel Goldberg, 106, lives in Greenville, R.I.
  • Moses Hardy, 112 or 113, lives in Aberdeen, Miss.
  • Emiliano Mercado del Toro, 115, lives in Isabella, Puerto Rico.
  • Antonio Pierro, 110, lives in Swampscott, Mass.
  • Ernest Pusey, 111, of Bradenton, Fla.
  • Howard Ramsey, 108, lives in Portland, Ore.
  • Albert Wagner, 107, lives in Smith Center, Kan.
  • Charlotte Winters, 109, lives in Boonsboro, Md.

From Hoffman’s article:

So is an era that seems ancient by today’s standards. Many of these vets were born under a U.S. flag with just 45 stars and have witnessed three centuries. They have seen 19 presidents lead the nation through seven wars. Their lives began before airplanes, radio, talking movies, and antibiotics. Animals were a more common mode of transportation than tin lizzies.

“They’re the only generation that has gone from outhouses to outer space,” said Muriel Sue Parkhurst Kerr, who heads what’s left of the Veterans of World War I of the United States organization, which once boasted 800,000 members.


[Poynter Online – Friday Edition: Only a Dozen American World War I Vets Left] (


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