Last World War I combat vet dies in Australia (AP) – 1364th Edition

In this Sept. 11, 2009 photo supplied by the Royal Australian Navy, World War I Navy Veteran Claude Choules sits in the Gracewood Retirement Village lounge room in Salter Point, on the suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Claude Stanley Choules, the last known combat veteran of World War I, has died, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at a nursing home in the Western Australia city of Perth, his family says. He was 110.. (AP Photo/Royal Australian Navy, LSIS Nadia Monteith) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALESAP – The last known combat veteran of World War I was defiant of the tolls of time, a centenarian who swam in the sea, twirled across dance floors, and published his first book at 108. He also refused to submit to his place in history, becoming a pacifist who wouldn’t march in parades commemorating wars like the one that made him famous.

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