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Fact Sheet for Last Surviving Veteran for Each American War and Conflict

Who were the last living or last surviving veterans for all American Wars? The following list includes the names and dates for each of the last of America's war veterans in the following: American Revolutionary War veteran, last veteran of the War of 1812, Mexican-American War, American Civil War, Spanish American War World War One, World War Two. Excluded but will be on the next list are the names of the last living veterans of Korea and Vietnam War.

 American Revolution Last veteran, Daniel F. Bakeman, died 4/5/1869, age 109
Last widow, Catherine S. Damon, died 11/11/06, age 92
Last dependent, Phoebe M. Palmeter, died 4/25/11, age 90
 War of 1812 Last veteran, Hiram Cronk, died 5/13/05, age 105
Last widow, Carolina King, died 6/28/36, age unknown
Last dependent, Esther A.H. Morgan, died 3/12/46, age 89
 Indian Wars Last veteran, Fredrak Fraske, died 6/18/73, age 101
 Mexican War Last veteran, Owen Thomas Edgar, died 9/3/29, age 98
Last widow, Lena James Theobald, died 6/20/63, age 89
Last dependent, Jesse G. Bivens, died 11/1/62, age 94
 Civil War Last Union veteran, Albert Woolson, died 8/2/56, age 109
Last Confederate veteran, John Salling, died 3/16/58, age 112

Last Union widow, Gertrude Janeway, died 1/17/2003, age 93

 Spanish-American War Last veteran, Nathan E. Cook, died 9/10/92, age 106

It is estimated that the number of living World War II U.S. veterans will be:

9/30/07.....2,795,000 9/30/08.....2,457,000 9/30/09.....2,143,000 9/30/10.....1,850,000
9/30/11.....1,581,000 9/30/12.....1,336,000 9/30/13.....1,117,000 9/30/14........921,000
9/30/15........750,000 9/30/16........602,000 9/30/17........477,000 9/30/18........371,000
9/30/19........285,000 9/30/20........214,000 9/30/21........158,000 9/30/22........115,000

Sources: All figures are the latest compiled statistics and data filed December 2007: Department of Defense (DoD); Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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The chronological collection draws upon the expertise of noted historians, military authorities, engineers, and war correspondents to convey the personal side of conflict not often found in history books. A trove of archival footage and documents brings viewers closer than ever to the heated heart of combat. This is truly a one-of-a-kind collector's set!
 

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