At Ease, #15577
Frank Buckles died yesterday.
That name mean anything?
He was America's last veteran of what was called The Great War, The war to End All Wars - we know it as World War One.
Mr. Buckles was 110 years old, and died of natural causes on his farm in West Virginia.
As a rear-echelon ambulance driver, Corporal Buckles missed actual fighting, but saw the results. The carnage, the limbs blown off and eyes burned by gas, the human debris left after the world's first total war.
His fight is over, and let him rest.
Taps is appropriate.