The last surviving American veteran of World War I died Sunday.
Buckles was repeatedly rejected by military recruiters but wanted badly to join the military, so at 16, he lied about his age and was accepted into the Army.
In 2007, he told his story to the Associated Press of how he tricked an Army captain demanding to see his 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 asked him ‘You don’t want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?’ He said ‘OK, we’ll take you.’”
Born in 1901, Buckles enlisted Aug. 14, 1917. After Armistice Day, he helped return prisoners of war to Germany and came back to the U.S. in January 1920.
He married his wife, Audrey, in 1946, and they had one daughter, Susannah Flanagan.
Audrey Buckles died in 1999.