Saturday, May 30, 2009

Oldest Living WW1 Vet

We knew that we were related to the oldest WW1 vet, Frank Buckles. We got to meet him today. I asked him what the secret is to living to 108 years old... he says you just have to have the will to live. Good advice.

Frank and my father are both descended from the same man, who came in the 1700's as a stowaway on a ship to America. There was a reunion for all of the Buckles clan that came from this man and his children. Having grown up a Buckles, it was a wonderful experience. Everyone was very friendly and many were much more knowledgeable than I about the family history. We learned a lot.

We got to drive down Frank W. Buckles highway on the way home. I feel almost famous.


Carrie said...


That is so neat! Have you ever seen the Vision Forum film, "A League of Grateful Sons? I think you should see it...I think it would make your visit with Mr. Buckles even that much more memorable!

Dawn said...

I can't wait to share this with my oldest boy!

Shevy said...

You're so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet your very special relative.