Mr. Buckles joined the army at 16, lying about his age to join the institution. When an Army recruiter asked for his birth certificate, Buckles stated that Missouri didn’t keep birth records.
During WWI, Buckles served as a member of the ambulance corps. His duties included removing bodies from the battlefield, a grisly task during the first European conflict. Buckles also survived three years in a Japanese POW camp as a civilian after the shipping freighter he was working on was captured during WWII.
Buckles will likely be buried at Arlington, as Military District of Washington has expressed it’s support for him to buried there.—Paul Schrader