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Frank Lautenberg buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Senate's last WWII vet

9:12 AM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
Senator Frank Lautenberg attends 'The Central Park Five' New York Special Screening at Dolby 88 Theater on October 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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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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