Frank Buckles, the last living World War I Doughboy, died early Sunday morning at the age of 110. Born on February 1, 1901 in Bethany, Missouri, Buckles’ life spanned one of the most turbulent, exciting, and eventful times in history. A resident of Charles Town, West Virginia where American Public University System (APUS) is headquartered, Buckles was well-known within the local community as well as nationally.
In response to my article on Veterans Day last week, I received a note from a retired general, Brig. Gen Joe Schafer. Joe is a professor at American Military University and an alumnus as well and he shared his thoughts about Veterans Day. I thought that his piece not only embraced many of my thoughts about those who serve our country, but also provided a great perspective on the attitude of the professional soldier toward the change in administrations and our Commanders in Chief.