On the long list of men and women who fought in World War I, you will find Frank Buckles. Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never heard this name. In fact, I know almost nothing about WWI. However, I know the American soldiers who fought were heroes. A hero risks their life to fight for what is right.

Buckles is a prime example of this.

At the age of 16, he convinced the military he was 18 years old. He drove an army ambulance. Two years later, Buckles returned home on the USS Pocahontas in January 1920.

He then spent four months in school and worked various jobs.

In 1940, Buckles accepted an assignment to quicken the movement of cargoes in Manila. In 1941, he was captured and spent 3 1/2 years in a Japanese prison.

Finally, in 1945, he was rescued by the 11th Airborne Division. He returned to the USA, got married and settled down. He lived on a farm, which he worked on until the age of 106. He died Sunday, Feb. 27, at the astonishing age of 110.

Besides being the last surviving American WWI veteran, he was also a native of Missouri. He was born in Bethany, a small town in upstate Missouri. He went to school in Nevada, Mo.

Buckles is a hero, as are all veterans. Be sure to keep in your thoughts and prayers all who have or are serving in the military.