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huggy87
12-21-2007, 02:25 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22360759/

Amazing, 109 years old. I guess this struck a chord since I happen to be reading "All quiet on the western front" at the moment.

WW2 sure overshadowed these veterans, at least in the US (since we only saw 6 months of fighting).

It amazes me more that I knew all of my great grandmothers who were of this generation, born in the 1890's. If I live to 2050, kids will know me that could live until 2150 or more. 1890-2150, that is 260 years of human history I have vaguely touched. My great grandmothers knew US civil war veterans like I know Vietnam Veterans. History moves a lot quicker than we realize. Assuming, of course, that some idiot doesn't nuke us all.

leitmotiv
12-21-2007, 04:18 PM
Yes, I know F.W. Buckles, the last ambulatory U.S. WWI vet. He is amazing. His daughter is a mere child of 52---we dated in college.

Frequent_Flyer
12-21-2007, 05:44 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Yes, I know F.W. Buckles, the last ambulatory U.S. WWI vet. He is amazing. His daughter is a mere child of 52---we dated in college.


I thought you went to different high schools together.

leitmotiv
12-21-2007, 06:28 PM
Would have been hard to go to different high schools together! She went to an exclusive girls' prep academy back east, I was a happy California boy in an ordinary high school.

Plunkertx
12-21-2007, 10:10 PM
Even more amazing is that last year, an American Civil War widow died. Yes, we are talking about the 1860s war.

leitmotiv
12-21-2007, 10:17 PM
Originally posted by Plunkertx:
Even more amazing is that last year, an American Civil War widow died. Yes, we are talking about the 1860s war.

Er, that would make her at least around 156 years old at death (2006 -1865 +about 15 for age in 1865)---got your info wrong, P.

berg417448
12-21-2007, 10:24 PM
She was only "technically" a civil war widow in that she was married to a Civil War Veteran.He was a bit older than her...just a bit!!

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0908934.html

R_Target
12-21-2007, 11:46 PM
Originally posted by berg417448:
He was a bit older than her...just a bit!!

I'll say:


John Janeway joined the Union army in 1864 and was briefly a POW at Andersonville. The couple married in 1927, after waiting three years until Gertrude turned 18. John was 81. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Whatever John Janeway was drinking, I gotta get some.