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America’s oldest living veteran is 109 year-old Frank Levingston. As a Private in the U.S. Army, he fought in the Naples-Foggia Campaign in Italy during World War II from September 1943 to January 1944. This campaign was launched with Operation AVALANCHE, during which the U.S. Fifth Army under Lieutenant General Mark Clark consisting of eight divisions and two brigades launched an amphibious landing near Naples, Italy.  



Mr. Levingston grew up in Louisiana with six siblings, and he currently resides in Lake Charles. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and received his discharge in 1945. Recently, in an interview with NBC affiliate KPLC Mr. Levingston shared a letter he had received from President Obama congratulating him for his upcoming 110th birthday on Friday and his service in the Army during WWII. He also provided a life lesson for folks younger than him, “Be honest… that goes a long way.”

Levingston was born in 1905, and in the same interview he said “I can remember the day I was inducted in the Army until the day I was discharged. 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.” He continued that he feels old, but he’s “one of the blessed ones.”

At VFL, we would like to wish Frank Levingston a happy birthday and we hope that he has yet many more to celebrate. Thank you for your service!

See the original story and interview here



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Chris Fox is a Project Coordinator at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, where he recently graduated with an MPA. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the DHS Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), where his focus was on homegrown violent extremism. He also holds a BA in Psychology and an AAS in Information Systems Management. Chris served for seven years as a TACP, is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and continues to serve as a JTAC Instructor in the Texas Air National Guard.