TAMPA, Fla. - Harry Richard Landis, who enlisted in the Army in 1918 and was one of only two known surviving U.S. veterans of, has died. He was 108.
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The remaining U.S. veteran is Frank Buckles, 107, of., according the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, John Babcock of ., 107, served in the and is the last known Canadian veteran of the war.
Another World War I vet, Ohioan J. Russell Coffey, died in December at 109. The last known German World War I veteran, Erich Kaestner, diedat 107.
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The last time all known U.S. veterans of a war died was Sept. 10, 1992, whenNathan E. Cook passed away at age 106.
Well, that's "closure," isn't it? When the last remaining participant of a great historical event dies soon, we will be left to trust the history books and the hiddent agendas of today's passionate partisans, who retell history in their own way for their own reasons. The veterans of World War II, the single event that most shaped the modern world, are dying off at an accelerating rate. If you know any of them, and you aren't getting their stories, that's a loss for all of us. I know that my father, who had seldom ventured more than a few miles beyond where he was born until the war sent him around the world, had many stories to tell. But I was too young, dumb and self-involved to ask him about them.