Mr. Speaker,

There was once a man who wouldnít take no for an answer when told he was too young to join the United States Army. He looked for ways to join, even it meant telling a recruiter a whopper about his age. In the recruiterís eyes he was 21 when he was just 16. And the only way he could land foot in the action of World War I was to drive an ambulance. It was the quickest way he could get to the battlefield. He desperately wanted to help other Americans that were already fighting the war to end all wars.

During the war, not only did he rescue Americans, but he rescued the other wounded allies and took them back behind enemy lines. This brave man was Frank Buckles. Even after being told ìno,î he became the last surviving doughboy from America.

This week marks 2 years since his death. He was 110 years old, and a true fighter, Mr. Speaker.

Today, I remember my friend and patriot, Mr. Buckles. We celebrate the remarkable life that he lived. And thatís just the way it is.