Wednesday, February 6, 2008

And Then There Was One; Harry Landis Stops Fighting

Harry Richard Landis, who enlisted in the Army in 1918 and was one of only two known surviving U.S. veterans of World War I, has died. He was 108.

You may recognize his name. Now there's just one living American survivor of WWI. He is Frank Buckles, 107, of Charles Town, W.Va.

Landis trained as a U.S. Army recruit for 60 days at the end of the war and never went overseas. But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs counts him among the 4.7 million men and woman who served during the Great War.

When asked whether he had wanted to get into the fight, Landis said, "No." When the war ended on Nov. 11, 1918, Landis recalled a final march with his unit.
There's one other Canadian soldier who is still alive, joining Buckles. However, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

[Yahoo! News]

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