The oldest United States World War II veteran passed away this past Tuesday at the age of 110.
Godspeed Frank and thank you.
The brave soldier, Frank Levingston, enlisted in the United States Army on October 6, 1942, less than a year after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Levingston, born in Cotton Valley, Louisiana, on November 13, 1905, made the trip to Washington D.C. this past December to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony marking the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. At the ceremony, District Attorney John DeRosier said that he did not see a 110 year-old man when looking at Levingston. DeRosier said, “I see a young black soldier in green utilities with worn combat boots, scampering across the sand on those beaches.” Last year marked the 74th anniversary of the attacks.
According to the American Press, Levingston served in World War II as an Army private in Italy during the Allied invasion in September 1943. He also did a tour in North Africa. “He felt the obligation to give to the country whatever he possibly could, and he was very excited about it,” Frank’s nephew, Jee Levingston, said to ABC News.
“He was the backbone of this family,” Jee Levingston said. “He never married, had no children, but he took great pride in taking care of his sister’s and brother’s children. He was an individual who was able to mingle with people of all levels, from the uneducated to those with the highest of level of education.”