They are known as the Greatest Generation. They dealt with poverty and strife during the Great Depression and then they went on to serve in World War II.

Sadly, the men and women who made up the squadrons, platoons, and ranks of the WWII are slowly slipping away from us. They are a national treasure because of their experience and the things that they went through to keep our nation, as well as nations around the world, free.

One of those great soldiers, Frank Levingston, has just passed on. Levingston was the oldest WWII veteran at 110 years old. His story is at once interesting and heartbreaking.

Levingston was born to a large family in Louisiana in 1905. That means that he was a fully-conscious adult through the Great Depression, was conscious of WWI when that war was happening, and was in his thirties when WWII came around.

In 1942 Levingston enlisted in the Army and was sent to the Naples-Foggia, Italy region where he fought for over a year from 1943-1944. In 1945 he came home.

Of that time in Italy, Levingston said previously that "I was so glad to get out of that place. I can remember the day I was inducted in the Army until the day I was discharged. I've been through so many dangerous things and I'm still here. I'm thankful to the almighty God for it. That's all I can say."

After coming home from the war, Levingston worked in construction. He never married and lived alone.

Who knows what terrible sights and memories haunted his days as he tried to overcome the tough hand he'd been dealt. From his words, though, it's clear that a faith in God kept him going through the hard times.

Even though this great soldier spent much of his life alone, it's a surety that his funeral will be packed with people wanting to celebrate the life of this great man. If you're in Cotton Valley, Louisiana on May 10, you need to be there.


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