With Veterans Day on the near horizon, I started thinking about Laura’s grandfather, Maj. Oliver Quimby Melton, and the other veterans of World War I.
Major Melton was a bona fide hero, having received a battlefield promotion after being one of the few officers to survive the slaughter in the Argonne Forest. There were many like him. Many of them died.
There are no surviving World War I vets left in the world. The last surviving American, Frank Woodruff Buckles, died in West Virginia on Feb. 27, 2011 at the age of 110.
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