World War I veterans....

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  1. todd s

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    I wonder how many WWI veterans are left. Figuring the were born in 1900 to be 18 in the last year of the war. They would be 105 now. I can't see their being more than a 100. And that in the next year or two be down to just a few.
    As I am getting older and being a history buff. I just start noticing their is a whole link to the past that seems to be exacerbated with the new millenium. I remember growing up in the late 70's early 80's. I knew people who vividly remember living in the 1800's. And how different that world is. Now we are losing our links to the beginning of the 20th century. And it will only seem sadder when the WW2 generation is gone in 20 years.
     
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    Didn't WW1 end in '24? And you could join-up at 15 in some countries.
     
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    I think it was during the last few months that it was reported that the world's oldest person died, at age 114. So that means that everyone who was alive in 1890 is now dead. I guess that's just the way I look at things.
     
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    Not in this dimension [​IMG] 1918 is when it ended

    Kenneth
     
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    History Class: Check minus. [​IMG]
     
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    >"I wonder how many WWI veterans are left."

    I heard this just the other night ... there are around 100 or so left.
     
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    Let's see...

    2005 - 1918 = 87

    87 + 18 (years old) = 105 Woah! So not only are they lucky for surviving a World War, but they also survived to be 100+ [​IMG]

    EDIT:

    I just realized, the war STARTED in 1914, so the math would have to be:

    2005 - 1914 = 91

    91 + 18 (years old) = 109
     
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    No, you wouldn't have to have been there the entire war to count as a WWI veteran. Besides, the US didn't get involved until 1917. I don't know if enlistees had to be 18.
     
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    Another factor that wouldn't help WWI veterans would be that WWII started 21 years after WWI. This means many would have been young enough to fight in TWO world wars [​IMG] That had to thin the demographics a little also.

    Kenneth
     
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    It's safe to say that there are no surviving veterans of the Spanish-American war.
     
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    >"I don't know if enlistees had to be 18."

    Even if it were the requirement, wars have always drawn enlistees well below the limit ... many 15-, 16-year-olds could pass.

    So, if they come into the war at age 15, and the year is 1918 ... um ... they could be as young as ... um ... 101?

    (God I suck at math)
     
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    Ah, ok.

    But no matter what, I think we can all agree that they'd have to be at least 100.

    100 years old today, would make you 13 years old in 1918.
     
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    Don't let the President of Harvard hear you say that. We don't need to let him out of the doghouse yet [​IMG]

    Kenneth
     
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    The last surviving widow of a Civil War veteran just died in January of 2003 -- Gertrude Grubb Janeway.

    Of course she wasn't actually married to the veteran while he was in the Civil War.

    She was actually born in 1909 and married Civil War veteran John Janeway when she was 18 and he was 81. [​IMG]
     
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    I hope he had some money ....

    Yikes.
     
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    Anna Nicole?!
     
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    Ok, to the subject of WWI.. from 1914-1918, enlistees US as young as 16, French involved fighters as young as 10 as message runners (people who ran messages from the lines).

    So, let's say 12 years old in 1918, 99.

    But around ~100 or so. Not many left.

    My great grandfather passed in 1979 having been there.. and at the time, everyone thought he had lived a very long life! [​IMG]
     
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    Technically the war ended in the summer of 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed.
     

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