Defining a soldier as 'lowly'

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Friday, March 18, 2011; 6:48 PM

"A lowly corporal"? I started to read Paul Duggan's article on the burial of Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last U.S. veteran of World War I to die, and I was turned off by those first three words in the article. Rank is rank, and to refer to Frank Buckles as a "lowly corporal" was a direct insult to a soldier who risked his life so Duggan could write his article.

I am writing as the wife of a retired U.S. Marine who served in Korea and Vietnam. I won't tell you his rank.

Mary D. Battista, Triangle


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