The veterans of the Wiley B. Murray Post No. 27 will meet Thursday, March 10th at the legion hall in San Saba for their stated meeting. The building will be opened at 5:30 p.m. for fellowship and refreshments. At 6:30 p.m. a barbecue meal of chicken and brisket will be served. Members should bring their favorite side dish, salad, bread or dessert. Drinks will be provided by the post. After the meal a program will honor the remaining WWII members of the post. State Representative Harvey Hilderbran is expected to attend.
Last U.S. WWI Veteran Has Passed
Washington D.C. ( CNN) The last living U.S. World War I veteran has died. Frank Buckles died peacefully at his home early Sunday morning, February 27, 2011. Mr. Buckles had just marked his 110th birthday on February 1st. He served as a U.S. Army ambulance driver in Europe and rose to the rank of corporal before the war ended. After World War I, Buckles held a career as a ship's officer on merchant vessels. He was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II and held as a prisoner of war for more than three years.
Mr. Buckles accepted responsibility of honoring those who had gone before him and to be their voice particularly in the advocacy of a National Mall monument. Currently, a neglected, obscure city WWI memorial sits in the shadow of elaborate WWII memorial. Buckles wanted national status granted to the D.C. War Memorial, the neglected marble gazebo built in the 1930s that for now honors only his comrades from the District of Columbia. The old soldier was "the last man standing" among U.S. troops who were called "Doughboys". His death leaves only two other remaining veterans of WWI in the world, both who are British.