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Wisconsin's Last World War I Survivor Dies

By: Mary Rinzel
By: Mary Rinzel

Wisconsin's last surviving World War I veteran has died at the age of 106.
Arthur Fiala, a Kewaunee native, died at the Kewaunee Care Center on Wednesday. According to state records, he had been the only surviving state veteran of World War I since the death of Ben Moldenhauer of Fort Atkinson last year.
Fiala enlisted in the Army in 1918 and was sent to France. He was in the French Alps cutting logs and railroad ties for fortifications when he broke his arm and was reassigned as a cook's helper. He spent time near the Spanish border and then Bordeaux.
Six years ago, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his service.
In an interview last year with the Lakeshore Chronicle, Fiala said eating peanuts and having a swig of brandy every night contributed to his longevity.


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