Last American WWI Vet Laid to Rest

The last American veteran of World War I has been laid to rest.

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Frank Buckles, who died Feb. 21 at the age of 110, was buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery, just 50 yards from the gravesite of Gen. John Pershing, under whose command he served.
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Buckles's flag-draped casket was carried to the gravesite on a caisson led by seven horses. After the service, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli handed the flag to Buckles' daughter, Susannah Flanagan.
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President Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop at Arlington to honor Buckles.
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Before the burial, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden paid their respects to Buckles and offered condolences to his daughter.
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Buckles lied about his age to enlist at age 16 and outlived the approximately 2 million Americans who served in WWI.
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ARLINGTON, VA - MARCH 15: People watch as the casket of Army Corporal Frank Buckles is carried during a funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery, on March 15, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Buckles who was the last verified American veteran of World War I, died on February 27, 2011 at the age of 110. Buckles quit school at the age of 16 and lied to enlist in the U.S. Army, he then traveled across the Atlantic to the European theater on the British liner the Carpathia where he served in England and France, driving ambulances and motorcycles for the Army's 1st Fort Riley Casual Detachment. He will be buried with full military honors today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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