Special Report

The Oldest Living Veterans of WWII

Salvatore Nardi
> Born: 1912
> Age as of Feb. 13: 110 years, 122 days
> Home country: Italy

Italian war veteran Salvatore Nardi is the second-oldest Italian survivor of World War II and is currently the oldest known living person in the region of Calabria in southern Italy.

Tripolino Gianni
> Born: 1912
> Age as of Feb. 13: 110 years, 177 days
> Home country: Italy

Tripolino Gianni is not only the oldest Italian war veteran, he is also the oldest known living man in Italy. He was born the town of Cecina in Tuscany.

Andrea Ludwig
> Born: 1912
> Age as of Feb. 13: 110 years, 252 days
> Home country: France

Andrea Ludwig is believed to be the oldest French veteran of World War II. He joined the French Army in 1939, and the following year was taken prisoner by the Germans. Ludwig escaped twice from POW camps, according to a 2021 story in the newspaper Le Courrier de l’Ouest.

Source: Courtesy of Eric Blunt via Facebook

Reuben Sinclair
> Born: 1911
> Age as of Feb. 13: 111 years, 70 days
> Home country: Canada

Reuben Sinclair is believed to be the oldest war veteran in Canada. He was born on a farm in Lipton, Saskatchewan, and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 at the age of 31. He served as a radio mechanic operator, deployed in Canada during the Second World War. Sinclair trained pilots on how to take off and land on blacked-out runways using his technology.

As of June 2022, there are about 25,000 Canadian veterans alive who fought in World War II, according to Veterans Affairs Canada.

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