Show News February 28, 2011
Last American WWI Veteran Dies

Hollywood loves to make movies about the Second World War, but the Great War changed the world in profound ways...

The Ottoman empire dissolved, making way for the modern Arab world in the Middle East. The U.S. emerged with new credibility and respect as a world power, and the Russian revolution led to the creation of the USSR.

Well, America's last surviving WWI veteran has died. Frank Buckles was a kid when he joined the army. The 16 year old was turned down several times before he lied about his age to enlist. He wanted to see what was happening in Europe first-hand...

More than 65 million people were mobilized for the Great War. Two are still alive. The last Canadian WWI vet, John Babcock, died last February.

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