• Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, talks with Frank Buckles, 107, the last known living American World War I veteran, during a Pentagon ceremony March 6. Buckles was honored during the ceremony, which included the unveiling an exhibit of veterans' portraits by photographer David DeJonge.

    Gates and Buckles

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, talks with Frank Buckles, 107, the last known living American World War I veteran, during a Pentagon ceremony March 6. Buckles was honored during the ceremony, which included the unveiling an exhibit of...

  • Cpl. Frank Buckles' unit, the First Fort Riley Casual Detachment, before leaving for Europe in 1917.

    First Fort Riley

    Cpl. Frank Buckles' unit, the First Fort Riley Casual Detachment, before leaving for Europe in 1917.

  • Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addresses the audience during the World War I portrait-exhibit dedication at the Pentagon, March 6. Seated, from left to right, are: Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, photographer David DeJonge and the last American World War I veteran Frank Buckles. Portraits of other World War I veterans hang in the background.

    Secretary Gates

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addresses the audience during the World War I portrait-exhibit dedication at the Pentagon, March 6. Seated, from left to right, are: Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, photographer David DeJonge and the last American...

  • Cpl. Frank Buckles on his way to a reception for Gen. John Pershing in Oklahoma City in 1920. The commander of American forces during World War I and Buckles discussed their home state of Missouri.

    Frank Buckles goes to meet Pershing

    Cpl. Frank Buckles on his way to a reception for Gen. John Pershing in Oklahoma City in 1920. The commander of American forces during World War I and Buckles discussed their home state of Missouri.

  • Two honor-guard Soldiers help unveil David DeJonge's portrait of Frank Buckles, the last American World War I veteran during a Pentagon ceremony March 6. Nine portraits of World War I veterans, including Buckles, will remain on permanent display at the Pentagon. Buckles is seated as DeJonge and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren (right) look on.

    Unveiling

    Two honor-guard Soldiers help unveil David DeJonge's portrait of Frank Buckles, the last American World War I veteran during a Pentagon ceremony March 6. Nine portraits of World War I veterans, including Buckles, will remain on permanent display at the...

  • Photographer David DeJonge (left) and Frank Buckles look through DeJonge's portraits of World War I veterans, unveiled at the Pentagon Thursday.

    Buckles and DeJonge

    Photographer David DeJonge (left) and Frank Buckles look through DeJonge's portraits of World War I veterans, unveiled at the Pentagon Thursday.

  • Frank Buckles in his home in West Virginia. He holds the meal cup he used for three years and two months at a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines during World War II.

    Frank Buckles and meal cup

    Frank Buckles in his home in West Virginia. He holds the meal cup he used for three years and two months at a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines during World War II.

  • Cpl. Frank Buckles, shortly after he arrived in Winchester, England, on his way to France in 1917.

    Frank Buckles

    Cpl. Frank Buckles, shortly after he arrived in Winchester, England, on his way to France in 1917.

  • The American flag and Prisoner of War flag are visible just over a hill on Frank Buckles’ farm in West Virginia. In addition to serving in the U.S. Army during World War I, he was a civilian prisoner of war of the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II.

    Flags

    The American flag and Prisoner of War flag are visible just over a hill on Frank Buckles’ farm in West Virginia. In addition to serving in the U.S. Army during World War I, he was a civilian prisoner of war of the Japanese in the Philippines in World...

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