Legendary coach Dean Smith turns 80 years old today. Hope you have a good one, Coach Smith.
[Image above is from the Hugh Morton Photograph Collection, North Carolina Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC]
The widely noted death of Frank Buckles made me wonder: Who was North Carolina’s last surviving veteran of World War I?
Depending on how strictly you define “North Carolina’s” and “World War I,” he seems to have been either
— David Samuel “Tex” Little, born in Catawba but moved to Texas after the war and died in Jackson, Wyoming, at age 103 in 2006. He trained troops at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, and didn’t make it overseas. Or…
— Robert Hodges, born in Bath and died in New Bern, at age 115 in 2003. He served in France.
The digital evidence on this distinction doesn’t inspire my confidence. Maybe the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs can provide something more authoritative.