99-Year-Old Man from Bolivar Thought to Be Only Surviving Son of a Civil War Veteran
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99-Year-Old Man from Bolivar Thought to Be Only Surviving Son of a Civil War Veteran

99-year-old Bill Pool from Bolivar is one of the few surviving veterans of World War II, which is historic, but there’s something even more unique about his life.

Pool was born in 1925 to a mother in her mid-thirties. His father, Charles Pool, was 80-years-old.

Charles was born in 1844, and served in the Civil War as member of the Sixth West Virginia Volunteers in the Union Army.

Bill joined his father in the service, joining the U.S. Army in 1941 to serve in World War II. He saw action in France, Germany, and Austria, including taking part in the famed “Battle of the Bulge” in the Ardennes Forest.

Even his mother, Clara, made history in her own right. She was the last widow of a Civil War veteran to draw benefits from the government. She passed away in 1990 at age 102.

Bill will turn 100 in January of next year.