The last U.S. veteran from World War I has died at the age of 110, the last witness to humanity's first destructive power of a modern, mechanized warfare.
In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I, and Mr. Buckles, a cordial fellow of gentle humor, was the last known survivor. "I knew there'd be only one some day," he said a few years back. "I didn't think it would be me."
According to researchers, out of the 65 million people that were mobilized by the world's armies during World War I, only two are still alive: an Australian man and a British woman, 109 and 110, respectively.
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