Frank Levingston the Oldest WWII Veteran Dies at 110 Years old

Frank Levingston, the oldest man in the United States and the oldest WWII veteran died on Tuesday May 3, 2016 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.  He was 110 years old.

Frank Levingston was born on November 13, 1904 in North Carolina, one of seven children.

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Frank Levingston during the 2015 Washington D.C. memorial ceremony. U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Kimmons

In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army and took part in the September 1943 invasion of Italy at Salerno and served throughout the Italian campaign. He received an honorable discharge from the Army in 1945 and went to work as a cement finisher.

On August 16, 1945 he was recognized as the oldest living military veteran in the United States.

On his 110th birthday, Levingston told WTVR in an interview: “I’ve been through so many dangerous things and I’m still here. I’m thankful to the almighty God for it. I think I’m one of the blessed ones.”

Growing up, Frank Levingston received little formal education, but his parents taught him many important life lessons that he still follows and shares with friends and family.

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Frank Levingston shakes hands during the ceremony photo via USA Today

“Be honest. That goes a long ways,” said Levingston.

“Pamela Gobert, a friend of Levingston who met him when he was 104, told and interviewer: “He’s always got a kind word and he lets me know that sometimes it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

In December of 2015, Levingston took part in an honor flight to Washington, D.C., his first time to see the nation’s capital. To celebrate the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Levingston laid a wreath at a ceremony held at the World War II Monument.

On his 110th birthday, Levingston received a letter from President Obama congratulating him on his birthday and thanking him for his WWII service. “We trust you take enormous pride in everything you have accomplished,” read part of the letter.

Frank Levingston was part of the “Greatest Generation” a generation of Americans who lived through the great depression and WWII. Men and women mostly in their 90’s who are dying at a rate of 430 per day.

Rest in Peace Frank Levingston and thank you for your service.

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