View Full Version : On Growing Old

02-28-2011, 09:29 AM
Just read that the last US World War One Veteran, Frank Buckles, died at 110. He got into the army at age 16. Then there was my Grandfather, who lied about his age and joined the army at age 16, went to the Philippines and fought in the Philippine "Insurrection." Damn, this sort of news makes me realize just how old I'm getting. I can remember when the last veterans of the Civil War paraded, and there were quite a few. As a kid I knew of plenty veterans of WW I. Not complaining but age does give us a "long view of history."

Phillip Allen
02-28-2011, 09:33 AM

S.V. Airlie
02-28-2011, 09:34 AM
Civil War? Last vet, I think died in 1951. I think he was a drummer boy..This is the only verified one..A few probables on both the Union side and the Confederate side....Named Crump,,, Union soldier

02-28-2011, 09:36 AM
Civil War? Last vet, I think died in 1959. He was a drummer boy in that war.

As a little kid, 1939 or 1940, I remember seeing news reels at the local movie house of huge bunches of Civil War Veterans marching.

S.V. Airlie
02-28-2011, 09:42 AM
Phillip..I just googled vets and Civil War..made a correction.

02-28-2011, 11:51 AM
Great Gramma lived thru the War of Northrun Agression. She passed away in the late 40's a few months shy of 100 years old. The last 3-4 years of her life were bedridden, but she was an ornery old bird and she was as sharp as a tack right to the end. Always had time to tell us kids stories.