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Monday, February 28, 2011
"Actually, I'm sure they succeeded with Senator Lieberman. There's no doubt about that," McCain laughed before adding that he and Lieberman supported the effort in Afghanistan all along.
"It's a weird story, honestly," added Lieberman.
You first read about this story in my post Men Staring at Goats? I think its funny that the two men can joke about something so silly. So how about we NOT have expensive congressional hearings about this crap and get on with crafting a budget and a recovery for our country?
He was repeatedly rejected by military recruiters and got into uniform at 16 after lying about his age. But Frank Buckles would later become the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I.
Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. He was 110.
Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States entered the "war to end all wars" in April 1917. He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18. He was actually 16 1/2.
In spring 2007, Buckles told the AP of the trouble he went through to get into the military.
"I went to the state fair up in Wichita, Kansas, and while there, went to the recruiting station for the Marine Corps," he said. "The nice Marine sergeant said I was too young when I gave my age as 18, said I had to be 21."
Buckles returned a week later.
"I went back to the recruiting sergeant, and this time I was 21," he said with a grin. "I passed the inspection ... but he told me I just wasn't heavy enough."
Then he tried the Navy, whose recruiter told Buckles he was flat-footed.
Buckles wouldn't quit. In Oklahoma City, an Army captain demanded a birth certificate.
"I told him birth certificates were not made in Missouri when I was born, that the record was in a family Bible. I said, 'You don't want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?'" Buckles said with a laugh. "He said, 'OK, we'll take you.'"
He enlisted Aug. 14, 1917, serial number 15577.
"Didn't I make every effort?"
Yes sir you did. Thank you for serving. I'm sorry we squandered your service in the Great War. We learned nothing of World War 1 and the loss of 16 million people. We would allow the rise of several total despots just 16 years later that would cost the world 60 million people's lives.
I haven't forgot. Rest easy.