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Today we see the passing of Alfred Pugh, the last known combat-wounded U.S. veteran of World War One. He knew the Meuse-Argonne and in 1999 was honored as Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France.

They went "Over There" to make the world safe for democracy. They went to fight the "War to End All Wars." They went through hell in trenches, in No Man's Land.

I recall when a student trying to do research came to me and told me that there was no World War II, just something called the Great War. His problem was that his encyclopedia dated from 1938 and did not have the second war after the War To End All Wars.

Rest in peace, Mr. Pugh and thank you for your service.

Last Wounded U.S. WWI Veteran Dies at 108.


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