Stumbled across this in my early morning reading: Anthony Pierro has passed away. I'd never heard of the guy, but I figure when a survivor of some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War passes away, I might as well take a moment to recognize him. Right now every other website in the world is discussing what's her name, who died in Flori-duh this week.
He was not only the oldest living veteran in the United States; he was the oldest living man in the country. He would have turned 111 next week. Born in Italy, passed through Ellis Island in 1914, and drafted into the Army in 1917. Served in the 320th Field Artillery Regiment of the 82d Division.
There's a few articles in the Boston Globe, but you'll probably need to register in order to read them. I'll link 'em anyway.
Rest in Peace.