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Frank Lautenberg, the Last World War II Veteran in the U.S. Senate, Buried in Arlington National Cemetery

8:39 AM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
The casket bearing the remains of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a liberal Democrat who represented New Jersey for nearly three decades in the Senate, is carried from the Capitol where mourners paid respects, in Washington, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Lautenberg, the Senate's oldest member and the last World War II veteran to serve there, died Monday at the age of 89 after suffering complications from viral pneumonia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)
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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Frank Lautenberg, the last World War II veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate, was buried Friday with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Democrat from New Jersey served in the Army Signal Corps during the war. He died Monday at the age of 89 after suffering complications from viral pneumonia.

Lautenberg was buried on a hillside near the Kennedy brothers' gravesite in a rain-soaked ceremony. A bugler played "Taps" and soldiers fired three rifle volleys in his honor.

Lautenberg served nearly three decades in the Senate and was its oldest member. Health problems had forced him to miss many votes this year. In April, he returned to the Senate in a wheelchair for votes on gun legislation.

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