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Last doughboy of WWI was a Coffey native

Frank Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, was born on his father’s farm north of Bethany in Harrison County on Feb.1, 1901. His father retired in 1905 and bought property in Coffey, where Frank started school.

Frank died of natural causes at his home in Charles Town, W.Va.., on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the age of 110.

Buckles enlisted in the Army in August of 1917

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