One of only three remaining U.S. veterans of World War I has died. J. Russell Coffey, 109, passed away this week in Ohio.
Coffey was born on Sept. 1, 1898, and enlisted in the Army while studying at Ohio State University. He joined in Oct. 1918, but didn’t see any action. A cease-fire agreement was reached only a month after Coffey enlisted.
Coffey played semipro baseball and earned degrees from Ohio State and New York University. He taught high school and college. Coffey drove his car until he was 104, and he lived on his own until three years ago.
Frank Buckles, 106, of West Virginia and Harry Landis of Florida are now the only two known U.S. veterans of World War I still living.