“Pershing’s Last Patriot” Documentary Film Nears Completion

American Doughboy Frank Buckles.

American Doughboy Frank Buckles.

Documentary film maker Dave DeJonge of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is preparing to release a new film on the life of Frank Buckles, the last surviving American Doughboy.  Buckles, who passed away at the age of 110 in 2011, enlisted in the Army in 1917 and served as a ambulance driver on the Western Front.

DeJonge embarked on the documentary project in 2006 with the idea of filming the last American veterans of World War I; among the handful he was able to interview was Frank Buckles.  Over the succeeding years, DeJonge worked closely with the Buckles family and his film will tell Frank’s life story focusing not solely on his experiences in the First World War, but also World War II in which he survived being a prisoner in the Philippines  at the hands of the Japanese.

“Pershing’s Last Patriot” is nearly complete according to DeJonge and several preview screenings of the film are scheduled in May for certain locations in Missouri, Buckles’ home state, and Arkansas.  DeJonge hopes that the success of the film will spur the movement to create a national World War I memorial in Washington, DC.

View the official trailer for “Pershing’s Last Patriot” here.

For more information on the film project, visit the “Pershing’s Last Patriot” website here.


  1. Lyn Roberts (nee Buckles) says:

    Wondered if Frank could possibly be a distant relative. We are from Merseyside England but the original family was quite large, and my Dad always maintained his Great Uncle Hiram emigrated to America many moons ago.
    Let me know if you can help. Buckles is quite a rare name in the UK.
    Best wishes