February 28, 2011

Manchin Statement on Passing of Frank Buckles

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement about the death of Frank W. Buckles, the longest surviving U.S. veteran of WWI. It was an honor and a privilege to get to know Frank Buckles, and I count him among the most inspirational Americans I’ve ever met. Frank touched my life, and the lives of so many, with his bravery and commitment to serving this great nation. He lived a long and rich life as a true American patriot, and I hope that his family’s loss is lightened with the knowledge that he was loved and will be missed by so many,” Senator Manchin said. “Frank’s outstanding bravery throughout his military service is a poignant reminder of the commitment and sacrifices that our servicemembers make every day. We thank Frank Buckles and all of our military men and women for their service, and we are sincerely grateful. My thoughts and prayers – along with those of all West Virginians – go out to the entire Buckles family Senator Manchin is working to ensure that Frank Buckles will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, as was his wish. On Feb. 1, Frank Buckles’ 110th birthday, Senator Manchin announced that he had sponsored a Senate Resolution to honor Mr. Buckles in the Capitol Rotunda. Prior to his passing, Mr. Buckles lived in Charles Town, West Virginia.