I've been unable to post since Sunday, but I wanted to take a minute and pay tribute to Frank Buckles, who left this world on February 27, 2011.
Mr. Buckles was the last living American Veteran of WWI and his passing marks the end of an era.
Although never directly involved in combat, he volunteered to serve - even lying about his age to gain entry into the Army.
Mr. Buckles also spent 3 1/2 years in a Japanese prison camp as a civilian during WWII, so to say that his is an interesting story is a gross understatement.
I'll leave it to the pros to tell you the rest of his story, you can find one good example of it here: http://www.carthagepress.com/news/county/x407383640/Buckles-last-WWI-doughboy-dies-at-110
Thank you for your service Sir, you will not be forgotten.