108-year-old veteran to testify before Senate panel

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Frank Buckles, 108, was only 16 years old when he joined the Army, skirting the 18-year minimum age requirement by telling a recruiter that his home state of Missouri didn’t issue birth certificates.

In 1942, during the height of the Second World War, Buckles was captured by the Japanese and spent the next three years in a prison camp.

The bill under consideration was proposed by Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.), and its official title is the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act.

Buckles is the honorary chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation, which is seeking to place a memorial for the conflict on the National Mall, where the Second World War and the Vietnam War both have memorials.

The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Dirksen room 366.