Harry Richard Landis
|Harry R. Landis|
December 12, 1899|
Miller Township, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||February 4, 2008
Sun City Center, Florida, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||October 1918 – December 1918|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Relations||Eleanor M. Landis (spouse)|
Harry Richard Landis (12 December 1899 – 4 February 2008) was, at age 108, the older of the last two American First World War veterans. The final one was Frank Buckles, who died in 2011. John Babcock, a naturalized American, served in the Canadian Army during the war, and also survived Landis.
Landis joined the United States Army in October 1918, and joined the Student Army Training Corps while attending Central Methodist University in Missouri. He did not complete basic training due to the war ending less than a month later. His experience of mopping the floor at an army hospital included exposure to the Spanish flu, which was actually the leading cause of death worldwide in the year 1918, killing about 75 million people. Landis was discharged in December 1918, one month after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
Attempting to try to enlist in World War II after the Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, he was rejected as "too old". Landis retired in 1959. He and his wife Eleanor, both died at Sun City Center in 2008. Harry died on 4 February, and Eleanor on 8 December aged 101.
- Social Security Death Index SSN 236-01-5869
- Branch-Brioso, Karen (2008-02-06). "1 Known WWI Veteran Left After Bay Area Man Dies". Tampa Bay Online. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
- "America's last veterans of the "Great War"". Talking Proud!. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- Social Security Death Index SSN 272-42-6206
- Interview from The Ledger Online
- MSNBC report on Landis's death
- Bay report on Landis's 108th birthday
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