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BROWN GREETS SOLE SURVIVING WWI VETERAN

June 20, 2008

BROWN GREETS SOLE SURVIVING WWI VETERAN

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Henry E. Brown Jr. (S.C.) attended the reception for World War I veteran Frank Buckles. At 107 years old, Buckles is the only survivor of the more than 2 million U.S. troops sent overseas to fight during the Great War.

Only 16 at the time, Buckles convinced an Army recruiter to let him enlist in April of 1917, the beginning of the United States’ involvement in WWI.  During the war, he served as an ambulance driver in France and England.  Following the Armistice, Buckles guarded and transported German prisoners of war back to Germany and was honorably discharged in 1920.

During the ceremony, Buckles was presented with an American Flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Flag Day, and after his remarks, Congressman Brown got the opportunity to speak with the veteran.

“It was an honor to meet Mr. Buckles. He is a symbol of our nation’s past and should serve as an example for our future. His dedication to this country was and is remarkable, and I was proud to inform him that my own father was among those who fought alongside him during World War I.”

Congressman Brown, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has been a strong advocate for our veterans. For more information about veterans’ affairs, visit Congressman Brown’s website: http://brown.house.gov/Issues/veterans.html, and for pictures from the event with Mr. Buckles, go to: http://brown.house.gov/list/hearing/sc01_brown/061808wwivet.shtml.

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