Frank Buckles, born in 1901, read about WWI and lied about his age to join the military. In 1917 the 16 yr old joined the war in Europe as a medic. Just before the war's end he was promoted corporal. After the war he joined the merchant navy. During WWII he was taken prisoner by the Japanese on the Philippines. He was a POW for 3 years before being freed by his fellow Americans. He is the last WWI vet to have died.
Frank Woodruff Buckles, was the last surviving American veteran of World War I. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 and served with a detachment from Fort Riley, driving ambulances and motorcycles near the front lines in Europe.