Frank Levingston

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Frank Levingston
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Frank Levingston at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery (December 7, 2015)
Born(1905-11-13)November 13, 1905
Cotton Valley, Louisiana, U.S.
Died(2016-05-03)May 3, 2016
(aged 110 years, 172 days)
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of War.png United States Army
Years of service1942–1945

Frank Levingston (November 13, 1905 – May 3, 2016) was an American supercentenarian, who was the oldest military veteran in the United States. He was the oldest living man in the United States and the oldest verified surviving American veteran of World War II.[1][2][3]

He was born in Cotton Valley, Louisiana, one of seven children. He was of African American heritage. Levingston enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. He served as a private during the war in the Allied invasion of Italy which lasted from September 1943 to January 1944. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1945, he became a union worker specializing in cement finishing. Levingston never married.[4][5] On August 16, 2015, he became the oldest recognized living military veteran in United States, following the death of Emma Didlake.[1][2][3][6]

Levingston became the oldest living American man on April 19, 2016 following the death of fellow Louisianan Felix Simoneaux Jr. (born May 24, 1905).[7] He lived in Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles, Louisiana[1][2][3][6] until his death in May 2016 at the age of 110.[8][9][10][11]


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  2. ^ a b c Pleasance, Chris (November 11, 2015). "America's 'oldest living veteran' will celebrate his 110th birthday this week". The Daily Mail. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "American Press - Home".
  4. ^ "10 Oldest World War II Veterans". August 31, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "5 Of The World's Oldest WWII Vets Share Their Secrets To Long Life". World War Wings. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "110-year-old World War II vet gets Washington D.C. trip". CBS News. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Nation's Oldest Man Dies A Month Shy Of 111th Birthday". The Huffington Post. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  8. ^ Manning, Johnathan (May 3, 2016). "Nation's oldest World War II veteran dies at 110". WAFB. Archived from the original on May 6, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  9. ^ Obituary,; accessed May 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "110-year-old WWII veteran dies". WXIA Staff. NEW ORLEANS (AP): WXIA-TV. May 6, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  11. ^ PVT Frank Levingston, Jr at Find a Grave