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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Frank Buckles, last WW I vet­eran to be buried

The body of the West Virginia soldier who outlived every other American who served in World War I will soon be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

A private service for the family and friends of Frank Buckles is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Family spokesman and Buckles biographer David DeJonge said Thursday that plans to let the public pay respects to the last of the so-called doughboys remain in limbo.

Buckles' daughter wanted her father to lie in repose in the U.S. Capitol, but Congress failed to approve that plan.

Politicians remain divided over how to best honor Buckles and the 4.7 million other Americans who served.

Buckles enlisted in the Army at 16 after lying about his age.

He died last month at his Charles Town home at 110.

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