Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Incredible: He Claimed To Have Survived Napoleon's March on Moscow and the Great War


Poland’s Oldest Soldier
 M. Krasinski, who claimed to American Red Cross relief workers in Kiev that he was a veteran of Napoleon’s Moscow campaign, that he was born in 1792 and was 128 years old. 
Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 10 August 1920

(Revised 2 March 2018 at the behest of our skeptical readers. Personally, I think he looks 128, but the oldest person on record ever was 122, so I'm guessing the skeptics are correct and Sergeant Krasinski was fibbing a bit.)

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    1. Skepticism here too. Details lacking. Who wrote this anyway?

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    2. Ok I found a U.S. Library of Congress reference that M. Krasinski made a CLAIM to the American Red Cross that he was 128 years old (and veteran of both conflicts).

      https://www.loc.gov/item/2017677697/

      If you asked my father (who died at 86 years of age) how old he was, you would get a different answer every day. Not all references are truth. I remain skeptical.

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  2. Brings to mind the old Wall Street saying, " Important news if true."

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