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Frank Levingston, Believed to Be Oldest U.S. Veteran, Dies at 110

The man believed to be the nation's oldest military veteran has died at 110.

Frank Levingston, who served in the U.S. Army in Italy during World War II, died on Tuesday, his family told NBC station KPLC.

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Born in 1905, Levingston grew up in northern Louisiana, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, according to military records.

He celebrated his 110th birthday on Nov. 13. Levingston received a letter from the White House marking the occasion and thanking him for his service. He called himself "one of the blessed ones," at the time.

In December, Levingston was part of a group of veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., for a ceremony marking the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ahead of the trip, Levingston was honored at a ceremony.

District Attorney John DeRosier, speaking at the ceremony, said when he looked at Levingston, he didn't see a 110-year-old man.

"I see a young black soldier in green utilities with worn combat boots, scampering across the sand on those beaches," he said.

Levingston served as a private during the Allied invasion of Italy in September 1943 and did a tour in North Africa, according to the American Press. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and spent much of his post-military life in the cement finishing business.

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The vet, who never married or had children, lived alone in Lake Charles, Louisiana, until just last month when he was moved to a nursing home to be closer to family, according to KPLC.

Funeral services are set for Tuesday.