Film About W.Va. Doughboy To Show In Mo., Ark.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A documentary about the last American veteran of World War I is being screened throughout May in Missouri and Arkansas to help continue Frank Buckles' fight for a memorial to his former comrades on the National Mall.

Producer David DeJonge hopes to get feedback and funding to finish the 90-minute film, "Pershing's Last Patriot."

He calls it "90 minutes of unbelievable American history" that's also 100 percent true.

Buckles died on his Charles Town farm in February 2010 at age 110.

He'd devoted his final years of life to seeking greater recognition for his fellow doughboys.

Buckles supported the National World War I Museum in Kansas City but believed there should be a memorial in Washington, D.C., too.

The idea has been thwarted by legislation limiting monument and memorial construction.

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