View Full Version : Last Female World War One Vet Dies at 109
BOONSBORO, Md. (March 29) - The last known surviving American female World War I veteran, a refined Civil War buff who met face-to-face with the Secretary of the Navy to fight for women in the military, has died. She was 109.
"...a refined Civil War buff..." I wonder what an Unrefined CW buff is?
03-29-2007, 07:36 AM
There was a front page article in USA Today yesterday about the last of the WWI vets. I believe the article indicated that as of publication there were 4 U.S. vets left. The article mentioned her passing the day before.
I still remember from my community, old Ollie Smith, who was ****-bent to march in the local parades until well into the 1980's. I think having to ride the parade route is what finally killed him!
03-29-2007, 07:49 AM
The last WW1 vet in my hometown died a few years back at the age of 103. He was a Marine, and from all I could judge a tough old bastard (although we preferred euphemisms like "feisty"). He marched the entire route of the Memorial Parade every year, although he allowed a couple of pretty girls to "escort" him the last few years.
Just before what would turn out to be his last parade (at age 102), a local journalist said "Why don't you ride in one of the cars with the other (mostly WW2) veterans?"
"Nah", he replied, "Leave that for the OLD guys!"
The parade just hasn't been the same since he passed on.
03-31-2007, 12:05 PM
I had the pleasure of knowing the last WW I vet in the county I grew up in. He was a chemical corps soldier. BTW - happy birthday a mite early, there, Redleggeddevil.
03-31-2007, 06:14 PM
Thanks for the natal day wishes. Who ever believed that we would live to see the day when we were closer to 60 than to 30?
It is almost impossible to believe that we are down to a handful of WW1 vets. I grew up next door to a WW1 veteran, a flyer with the RFC, and he lasted well into the 1980's. Scarier yet, I remember seeing a couple of Spanish-American War vets riding in a big, shiny convertible in the Memorial Day Parade when I was a boy.
I once had the honor of meeting a Canadian WW1 vet who had come out to see an encampment of WW1 reenactors. He was a veteran of the Fort Garry Horse and, although physically very feeble, his mind and memory were sharp. In a proud whisper he told us of his service on the Western Front, and his medals gleamed on the front of his blazer. It was very humbling then, and is even more so now, knowing that he is most certainly gone.
Someday, pretty soon I fear, we will be thinking about WW2 vets the same way.
03-31-2007, 06:49 PM
Closer to 60 than 30 and I can still fit in my great-great uncle's WWI uniform! Our oldest wanted to do a unit study on WWI, and as part of her studies, she viewed the "Weaver collection." Got to try on the uniform, look at the pictures, heft the rifles, and the piece de resistance, handle the 2 fragments of mutilated German bullets that Walter brought home with him.
04-03-2007, 12:09 PM
I just read an obituary this morning about the last WWI Vet of the US Navy passing away. He was 106 years old and a resident of Maryland.
May the good Lord give rest to his soul.
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