Oldest veteran dies at 107

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SMITH CENTER, Kan. (AP) – Albert F. “Jud” Wagner, who was the nation’s oldest Marine veteran, has died. He was 107.

Wagner died Saturday at Smith County Long Term Care, said his son J.S. Wagner, who is 84 and also a Marine veteran.

The elder Wagner was honored along with his family in November at a Veterans Day ceremony at the Statehouse.

At that time, according to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office and the Commission on Veterans Affairs, he was the only known World War I veteran living in Kansas and the oldest former Marine in the nation.

He had also been honored in October when a 30-mile section of U.S. 36 through Smith County was designated as World War I Veterans Highway.

J.S. Wagner recalled his father as a strong man who liked farming and raising livestock and talking to his four children about serving his country in France and Germany. He enlisted at age 17 and served in the Marines in 1918 and 1919.

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