The oldest World War veteran in America so far, was reported dead on Tuesday. The black, brave and proud black American, Frank Levingston passed on at the age of 110 in his Louisiana home.
Frank Levingston was born on November 13, 1905 in North Carolina. He lost his parents at an early age. The American super-centenarian enlisted into the United States military in 1942.
Frank was part of the team that fought in the Allied invasion of Italy. The war lasted for approximately one year (1943-1944). In 1945, he received an honorary discharge. Wikipedia says he then took up a job as a union worker with specialty in Cement finishing.
Until last year after the death of Emma Didlake, Frank became the oldest World War II veteran.
“He felt the obligation to give to the country whatever he possibly could, and he was very excited about it. He gave it his very best.”– Lee Levingston, Nephew
Lee described his uncle as a selfless personality. He was unmarried. Nevertheless “he took great pride in taking care of his sister’s and brother’s children.” In his interview with ABC, he said Frank was free spirited and could relate perfectly well with everyone regardless of educational/social status.
“He was an individual who was able to mingle with people of all levels, from the uneducated to those with the highest of level of education.”
On his 110th birthday last year, the White House acknowledged him. He received an official letter from the government thanking him for his priceless service during the war.
Frank Levingston made a visit to the White House on the 74th anniversary of the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack. The attack had happened a year before the black American warrior enlisted into the army.
Frank will be buried on May 10, 2016 at the Wesley Grove CME Church in Cotton Valley, Louisiana. May his soul rest in peace.