Cpl. Frank Buckles


Stand Down

Frank Buckles February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011

Cpl. Frank Buckles passed away February 27, 2011 at the age of 110. Cpl. Buckles served with the AEF (American Expeditionary Forces) in World War I. Stationed in England and in France during WWI Cpl. Buckles served as an ambulance driver. His decorations include:

World War I Victory Medal
Army of Occupation of Germany Medal
Overseas Service Bars
Legion d’honneur (France)

Cpl. Buckles received the Gold Medal of Merit from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

During World War II Mr. Buckles was a civilian POW of the Japanese.

Stand Down Solider – your watch is over. Well done.


Fading Light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh – falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear – Friend, good night.

Dale R. Suiter
CPT. USA (ret)
28 February, 2011

Butterfield, Daniel. Major General, Army of the Potomac, Civil War. Taps author.
Smith, Vicki. AP. Frank Buckles, last living U.S. WWI Vet, dies. (February 28, 2011.

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Dale R. Suiter served in the United States Marine Corps June 1966 - February - 1970. He served with Ammo Company First FSR, 2nd CAG Q-6 and Q-3, H&S 81's 3/9 and 1/3. His service "On the Rock" was with Ordanance Schools, Camp Hansen. Following the Marine Corp, he completed a career in public service - prison and jail operations. In addition, he completed a career as a reserve officer with the Michigan Army National Guard. His two sons and two sons-in-law are veterans of the war on terror. The family continues in service to the United States of America.