WW1 Vet Dies at age 108

  1. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/21/america/NA-GEN-US-Obit-J.-Russell-Coffey.php

    J. Russell Coffey, oldest American World War I veteran, dies in Ohio at 109; only 2 survive
    The Associated PressPublished: December 21, 2007

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    NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio: The last World War I veteran in Ohio, and one of only three known remaining U.S. veterans of the conflict, has died.

    J. Russell Coffey was the last WWI vet in the state, according to the Veterans Affairs Department. He died Thursday at the age of 109, said the Smith-Crates Funeral Home in North Baltimore, about 56 kilometers south of Toledo.

    The funeral home did not say where Coffey died or the cause of death. He had been living in the Blakely Care Center, a nursing home.

    Coffey, born Sept. 1, 1898, did not see action overseas. He enlisted in the Army while he was a student at Ohio State University in October 1918, a month before the Allied powers and Germany signed a cease-fire agreement.

    Coffey played semipro baseball, earned a doctorate in education from New York University, taught high school and college and raised a family.

    He drove his car until he was 104 and lived on his own until three years ago, according to the funeral home.

    The other known surviving American soldiers are Frank Buckles, 106, in West Virginia, and Harry Landis, in Florida, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.
     
  2. wow! that's sad, but it sounds like he was a very independant man.
     
  3. Wow it looks like he lived a full and great life. But....just out of curiosity how he named a verteran if he was never overseas??
     
  4. You only have to have been in any of the four branches of the service to be considered a veteran. There are many, many vets who never even see wartime.
     
  5. it saddens me to see veterans dying....so sad.:sad:
     
  6. Ok, I found this crazy. I was born in Toledo, OH and I was born Sept. 1st :nuts:.

    Anyway, Im sure he was an amazing man, it would have been nice to hear some of the stories he had to tell. Sad, but he lived a very, very fulfilling and long life!
     
  7. ^^Wow^^maybe you'll live to be 109!!
     
  8. I think it's great that he lived a full life..