Missouri’s oldest World War II veteran dies in Springfield at 99

Missouri’s oldest living veteran of World War II has died.

Vaughn Booth was 99 when he died in a Springfield hospital Thursday, The Department of Veteran’s Affairs confirms that Booth was the oldest veteran of the war still living in Missouri.

Booth left for the European Theater of Operations, traveling across the Atlantic Ocean by boat as a private. He sailed home to America in 1945 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

Later in life, Vaughn wanted to take one of the KY3 Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. with other local veterans of World War II. Unfortunately, he could not make the trip because of his vertigo. Vaughn Booth lived his entire 99 years without ever flying on an airplane.

Booth will be buried with full military honors on Monday at 11 a.m. at Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield.

By many accounts, Vaughn Booth was the second oldest living World War II veteran in the country. Richard Overton of Austin, Texas is 108.


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