Moses Hardy, 113, Dies
Veteran of World War I

New York Times
December 10, 2006
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Moses Hardy, believed to be the second-oldest man in the world and the last black United States veteran of World War I, died Thursday.  He was 113.

Evelyn Davis, 68, one of Mr. Hardy's eight children, said her father died at a nursing home in Aberdeen.  He would have been 114 on January 6.

Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records, said that research by his group, National Public Radio and others had been unable to locate any other surviving black World War I veterans.  Only 10 to 12 American veterans of that war remain, Mr. Young said.  Mr. Hardy was sent to France and apparently saw some combat.

Census records show that Mr. Hardy's father was born in the 1830s and that both his parents were slaves, Mr. Young said.

Mr. Hardy had been No. 6 on Guinness's list of the world's oldest people.