Stanley Samuel Lane, 103, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in the Army Quartermaster Corps and who spent the last few years talking to news organizations and oral history projects about his World War I service, died July 15 at the Bedford Court nursing home in Silver Spring. He had renal failure.
Col. Lane was born Samuel Levine in a Jewish ghetto in Warsaw and raised in New York, where he left school in the eighth grade. Out of a fondness for Zane Grey's frontier novels, he enlisted in the Army cavalry in 1917. "Never saw a horse before," he later told the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
He lied about his age to enlist and had not told his family about his intentions. When the error was discovered -- he said he thought his parents informed the American Red Cross -- he refused an offer of a discharge.
He did not become a U.S. citizen until 1919, and his immigration status restricted him from overseas duty.
Col. Lane was one of about 30 living American veterans of that war, said a Department of Veterans Affairs official who monitors World War I veterans.
Col. Lane resigned from service in 1929 to try work as a grocer in New London, Conn., but when the business failed during the Depression, he reenlisted under his new, legally changed name.
By America's entry into World War II, he had become a commissioned officer in the Quartermaster Corps. He served in England and participated in the invasion of North Africa. He also received his high school diploma in 1945 and graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
During the Korean War, he was an instructor and head of the maintenance department at the Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Va.
After retiring, he was a patent engineer for a company in Cleveland and a part-time federal programs officer for the city board of education. He settled in Silver Spring in 1993.
His wife of 75 years, Frances Antis Lane, died in 2004. A daughter, Sandra Lane, died in infancy in 1938.
Survivors include a son, Bruce Lane of Chevy Chase; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.