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Trooper Graham
03-15-2007, 08:10 AM
Cpl Ramsey, the last combat veteran of WWI has died in Oregon.

D'Epineuil Zouave
03-15-2007, 09:59 AM
By some accounts Ramsey was the last American combat vet or Word War I, but this cannot be conclusively proven. Many WWI service records were destroyed in 1973 when the National Archives St. Louis Center caught fire: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/fire-1973.html As a result we know more about the service of Civil War veterans than WWI veterans.

http://news.bostonherald.com/obituaries/view.bg?articleid=185883

As for other countries, there are still surviving combat and non-combat veterans of the Great War:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_veterans_of_World_War_I

Pete K
03-15-2007, 11:10 AM
My father-in-law's Army service records from the Korean conflict era were lost in that fire. he was in the 563rd Combat Engineers, stationed in London England. He helped rebulid airports, bridges, and roads damaged during WWII. He tried for years to get anything of his service records from the Army to pass on to my sons. Nothing survived but what he kept himself after his enlistment ended in 1955. These few photos and papers we keep in a fire-proof box.
Corp. James F. Cossel US Army 1951- 1955

Trooper Graham
03-15-2007, 04:32 PM
By some accounts Ramsey was the last American combat vet or Word War I, but this cannot be conclusively proven. Many WWI service records were destroyed in 1973 when the National Archives St. Louis Center caught fire: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/fire-1973.html As a result we know more about the service of Civil War veterans than WWI veterans.

http://news.bostonherald.com/obituaries/view.bg?articleid=185883

As for other countries, there are still surviving combat and non-combat veterans of the Great War:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_veterans_of_World_War_I

There are now six living vets from WWI. These six are from the WWI 'era' and did not serve in the war but during it. Cpl Ramsey's records clearly state his service on the front lines bringing supplies and evacuating the wounded. According to the military and the VA Cpl Ramsey was the last combat veteran of WWI.

I said nothing about surviving vets from other countries. If it had been the last combat vet of WWI from another country it would have been news worthy and I would have past that info on as I did when the last surviving vet of Gallipoli past away.

D'Epineuil Zouave
03-26-2007, 06:12 PM
I don't doubt Cpl Ramsey's service; I just wanted to expand on your original post and provide additional information. My sources indicated that that last American Veteran of World War One may be unknowable due to the accidental destruction of service records in the 1970s. To my understand Cpl Ramsey is indeed the last American combat veteran of WWI who can be conclusively verified, but there may still be someone lingering on in a nursing home who's background has been forgotten due to unfortunate circumstances. Stating the inconclusiveness of the documentaton that Ramsey was the last the last combat veteran does not detract from his service in any way that I can see.

I added info about surviving vets from other countries because I thought maybe someone here might be interested in who the last veteran (combat or otherwise) was regardless of what country he was from. I didn't mean to do anything other than add to the discussion, yet I detect some animus in your responsorial post. I know nothing about any previous posts you made about Gallipoli. I'm sorry if I offended you.

jda3rd
03-28-2007, 03:36 PM
"Some interesting figures from the VA for various US veterans, as of September 2006.

American Revolution
Last Veteran, Daniel F. Bakeman,
died 4/5/1869, age 109
Last Widow, Catherine S. Damon,
died 11/11/06, age 92
Last Dependent, Phoebe M. Palmeter,
died 4/25/11, age 90

War of 1812
Last Veteran, Hiram Cronk,
died 5/13/05, age 105
Last Widow, Carolina King,
died 6/28/36, age unknown
Last Dependent, Esther A.H. Morgan,
died 3/12/46, age 89


Mexican War
Last Veteran, Owen Thomas Edgar,
died 9/3/29, age 98
Last Widow, Lena James Theobald,
died 6/20/63, age 89
Last Dependent, Jesse G. Bivens,
died 11/1/62, age 94


Civil War
Last Union Veteran, Albert Woolson,
died 8/2/56, age 109
Last Confederate Veteran, John Salling,
died 3/16/58, age 112
Last Union Widow, Gertrude Janeway,
died 1/17/2003, age 93

(information inserted here by Frank Brower: Last Confederate Widow, Alberta Martin was thought to be the last CS widow, when she died a couple of years ago, but another surfaced at that time. I don't know what's become of her.)

Last Dependant. Unknown, as there were three still living in 2006. That's correct, three children of Civil War veterans were still alive in 2006.


Indian Wars
Last Veteran, Fredrak Fraske,
died 6/18/73, age 101

Spanish-American War
Last veteran, Nathan E. Cook,
died 9/10/92, age 106
Last Widow. Unknown. 125 were still living in 2006.
Last Dependant. Unknown. 113 were still living in 2006.

The Mexican Border Episode.

Last Veteran. Not provided
Last Widow. 70 remained living in 2006 who were receiving benefits.
Last Dependant. 18 remained living in 2006 who were receiving benefits.

World War One.

Nine U.S. veterans were left alive, as of 9/06.
Widows. 7,596 remained alive as of 9/06 who were receiving benefits.
Children. 3,831 receiving benefits."

I thought some of y'all might find this interesting.

Frank

I copied this information from a post on the website of the Society of the Military Horse.

Rob Weaver
03-28-2007, 07:36 PM
"And the young people ask, 'What are they marchin' for?'
And I ask myself the same question."
(And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda)

My great-great uncle was a field artilleryman in Battery F, 1st FA, 1st Div., AEF. He died 30 years ago, but passed on a number of stories, not just blood and thunder ones, to me. Once my grandmother remarked that he'd told me more about the War than he'd ever told her.

Pvt_Jack_Bauer
03-28-2007, 08:16 PM
Well reading the USA Today this morning I came across this article. It seems there are quite a few veterans still alive.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-27-cover-ww1-vet_N.htm