The March 16 front-page article about the burial of the last doughboy, Frank Buckles, included these statements: “Tuesday’s hours-long viewing in the amphitheater chapel was a consolation. Buckles’s family and members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation had wanted him to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, but the Senate and House leaders said no. The old corporal just didn’t rate it.”
If Mr. Buckles had been a high-ranking officer, I’m certain he would have been in the Capitol Rotunda. But most of those high-ranking officers were usually in the rear, while the privates, corporals, sergeants, lieutenants and captains were in the front-line trenches dying for what we have today.