Last doughboy Buckles could lie in U.S. Capitol

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. | West Virginia’s congressional delegation is working on a plan to let America’s last doughboy lie in repose in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

Frank Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age and outlived his fellow soldiers to become the nation’s last surviving U.S. veteran. He died Sunday at 110.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito said she would introduce a resolution that would allow him to lie inside the Capitol.

According to the Architect of the Capitol’s website, the last person to do so was President Gerald Ford.

The honor is reserved mostly for elected and military officials, but others have included civil rights activist Rosa Parks and unknown soldiers from both World Wars and the Korean War.