By Attorney Mitch Adel
Yesterday, while doing research on the historical significance of December 7, I came across a tremendous amount of information about World War II, and this article about the only living Veteran of World War I.
The interesting thing about this one World War I article is why today, December 8th, is significant to him. That’s right, Frank Buckles of Missouri is only ONE surviving Veteran of WWI today. Frank is 109 years old this year. In the following article, he recalls his personal stories of service, beginning at the time he enlisted in WWI after lying about his age. He also tells why December 8, 1941 has more meaning to him personally than December 7th, the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor bringing the United States into World War II. As you will discover, on that day he was taken prisoner by the Japanese and held for three years.
This article reminds me that fortunately his stories are being recorded for all of us and for his family as well. As veterans who served during these earlier wars are getting older, with World War II veterans now in their 80s and 90s, it is more and more important to get their stories recorded. Every day at our office we assist veterans and their families to get the Veterans Benefits they earned, and whenever we have the opportunity, making sure that we video record these veterans telling their stories from the service times.