Lake Charles May Be Home to Oldest Living World War II Veteran [VIDEO]
Frank Levingston will be turning 110 years old on Friday, Nov. 13. And KPLC-TV 7 reports that he may, in fact, be one of the oldest living World War II veterans. It's certainly possible, as record-keeping in the early part of the 20th century wasn't exactly reliable.
Several media sources list 109-year-old Richard Overton as the nation's oldest verified veteran, Levingston says he's actually one year older. Overton was born in 1906. Levingston was born in 1905.
Regardless, the White House has certainly noticed, as they recently sent a letter signed by both the president and the first lady congratulating him on his milestone and his service. Ultimately, he remains one of a handful of servicemen who had first-hand memories of World War II. (Wikipedia has a list of worldwide surviving veterans, but as with anything on Wikipedia, it's hard to verify sources.)
A North Louisiana native, Levingston told KPLC he'd be celebrating his birthday with friends and family in Shreveport over the weekend.
"I can remember the day I was inducted in the Army until the day I was discharged," said Levingston. "I've been through so many dangerous things and I'm still here. I'm thankful to the almighty God for it. That's all I can say."
His good friend, Pamela Gobert, met him just before his 104 birthday.
"He's always got a kind word and he lets me know that sometimes it's not how you start, it's how you finish," said Gobert who spends most of her days with Levingston. "Not as me a blessing to him, but him as a blessing to me because that's all he's every been. He taught me about life." -- KPLC