HEARTBREAKING: Oldest Living US WWII Veteran Was Laid To Rest Yesterday

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COTTON VALLEY, La. (KTBS) Loved ones said their final farewell to a long life of service.

Word War II veteran Frank Levingston was laid to rest Tuesday in his hometown of Cotton Valley, LA.

He passed away on May 3, 2016.

Affectionately known as “Uncle Frank”, Frank Levingston dedicated his life to serving others – whether it was his country or his family.

“He was my godfather but I also saw Mr. Frank as a father. I considered him as a father,” says Delana Gbenekama.

Levingston spent his early years as a private in the Army, servicing vehicles during the Allied Invasion of Italy.

(Source: Erin Buchanan/KTBS 3 News)

His career after the military was spent as a cement finisher in San Diego, CA.

“He truthfully loved his family,” say his nephew Joseph Levingston. “He loved the people that he was involved with on a daily basis.”

Most recently, “Uncle Frank” held the honor of the oldest living World War II veteran in America.

At 110 years old, he’d just about seen it all.

From the Great Depression, to the Jim Crow era, to countless other social changes across the nation and the world.

“[We’re here to] show our gratitude for his service and show his family it was appreciated,” explains Louis McGinty, Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders.

But most of all, he’s remembered for the mark he left on everyone he met, an enduring legacy that will never be forgotten.

“It’s important that we always remember what these people fought for, what these great veterans fought for,” says Misti Cordell, who attended the service as a representative of the LA Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office.

“Mr. Frank, he served our country and I think people should be grateful for that,” says Gbenekama. “I’m very grateful.”

Levingston received several awards and honors during his lifetime, including a visit to the White House last year.

He was invited to lay a wreath at the National World War II Memorial.

Levingston was laid to rest at the Wesley Grove CME Church cemetery in Cotton Valley.

 

Here’s the most recent story where he was honored prior to passing away

America’s oldest living veteran, Former Army private Frank Levingston, who turned 110 last month, joined two Pearl Harbor survivors today at the wreath-laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Levingston served in Italy during World War II after enlisting in 1942.

Thousands are expected to gather at the site of the attack and attend anniversary events and ceremonies held at the USS Arizona Memorial.

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The annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade occurs Monday evening; it and other events are webcast live throughout the day via PearlHarborParade.org and PearlHarborEvents.com.

Watch the only color film of the attack on Pearl Harbor:

 

CWO4 Clyde Daughtry filmed the original footage, which is lost. This video is a copy. It includes shots of the USS Nevada (BB-36) firing back at Japanese aircraft, the USS Oglala (CM-4) sinking, and the USS St. Louis underway (CL-4).

Tomorrow, via a live broadcast provided by the National Park Service, the public will be able to watch a dive to the wreck of the Arizona by a Pacific National Monuments cultural resources chief, and can ask questions via Facebook.

Pearl Harbor was commemorated today throughout America– from the docks near the battleship USS New Jersey, in Camden, N.J.– to the U.S. Arizona Memorial, which receives more than 1.8 million visitors every year.

Watch the U.S. Navy video, Touring the Arizona.

Read more about Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Navy: This Day in History: December 7, 1941.

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