Frank Woodruff Buckles served in the Ambulance Service branch of the Army. He was told this was the quickest way to get to France and fight. Buckles was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas for basic training.
Buckles tried to enlist multiple times, even telling recruiters he was older than he was, before he was accepted in 1917. After Armistice Day, Buckles was assigned to be a prisoner-of-war escort to return prisoners back to Germany.
Buckles, pictured above with members of his family, also served in WWII. While transferring cargoes, he was captured and imprisoned by the Japanese for three-and-a-half years. He was rescued by the 11th Airborne Division on February 23, 1945.
In 2008, Buckles was honored at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City as the last living WWI veteran.
Buckles passed away in West Virginia at age 110. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
John T. Wilson was born in Norborne, Missouri. He enlisted in WWI on October 3, 1917 at 26-years-old. Wilson was a mechanic with the 353rd infantry.
Wilson was stationed in France until honorable discharge on April 28, 1919
After the War, Wilson married Christine Nicoll in 1920 in Wichita, Kansas.
Wilson passed away in the VA Hospital in Kansas City in 1963.
Earl Hunter completed basic training at Camp Funston during WWI. He was part of the Medical Corps and traveled with the infantry.
Hunter received a medal for his contributions to fighting in Germany. During his tour he took arms in France, Germany and Austria.
Hunter served under Kansas City Major Mark Hanna. Hanna died on the last day of the war and is honored in Memory Hall in the WWI Museum Memorial.