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Kentucky's last remaining World War I veteran dies at age 107

Gov. Steve Beshear notes patriotic service, 'sterling example Robley Henry Rex set of veterans giving back to their community.'

From Gov. Beshear's Communications Office

FRANKFORT, KY - Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the passing of Kentucky's last surviving World War I-era veteran, Robley Henry Rex, of Louisville, age 107. Rex would have celebrated his 108 birthday this Saturday.

"Mr. Rex was not just Kentucky's last link to what a more innocent nation believed was the War to End All Wars, but a sterling example of volunteer service, of veterans giving back to their community," said Gov. Beshear.Rex was well-known to both patients and staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, where he was still volunteering three days a week at age 105.

He had logged more than 14,000 volunteer hours at the hospital since 1986, delivering charts and records along with the mail.

At his 107th birthday party last May, Rex was presented with the Kentucky Governor's Award for Outstanding Service. He was named National Volunteer of the Year in 2005 by the national Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.

Rex joined the U.S. Army in May 1919, shortly after his 18th birthday and six months after fighting ended. He served in a military intelligence unit at 3rd Army Headquarters in Germany. Back home, he farmed in Daviess County before moving to Louisville, where he eventually retired as a railroad postal clerk.

Robley Rex will be interred with his wife at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. His interment date has not yet been announced. Governor Beshear will order flags at state government facilities lowered to half-staff in Rex's honor from sunrise to sunset on the date of his burial.

This story was posted on 2009-04-29 19:32:46
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