2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

And then there were none....RIP Claude Choules 1901 - 1911

Claude Choules, the last know combat vet of WW1, passed away at a nursing home in Perth, Australia. He was 110. Sad, an entire generation of warriors is now gone.

Yes, there may be a few veterans of that conflict left (maybe just one according to the BBC) but he was the last to have actually fought in that war long ago. Here in the states we recently lost our last, and the oldest, WW1 veteran, Frank Buckles,in February.

Where as Buckles chose to embrace and celebrate his service, Mr. Choules took a decidingly different path and was a pacifist during much of his latter life. For a man who actively participated in both world wars and lived through all of the violence of the 20th century, I cannot fault him on his choice.

From what I am reading about him he seems to have probably preferred to be remembered for the legacy of his family that he leaves behind rather than his military service, so I leave him with this picture to end this post...

Thank you Claude Choules and may God bless and keep you in Heaven.

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