Senate’s Last World War II Vet Buried at Arlington

Field School students Belinda Molloy and Julie Chamberlain observed the preparations for Senator Lautenberg’s funeral last week.

CBS DC

ARLINGTON, Va. — Frank Lautenberg, the last World War II veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate, was buried Friday with military honors in a rain-drenched ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Democrat from New Jersey served in the Army Signal Corps during the war. He spent nearly three decades in the Senate and was its oldest member when he died Monday at 89, after suffering complications from viral pneumonia.

Lautenberg was buried on a hillside near the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy. A bugler played “Taps” and soldiers fired three rifle volleys in his honor.

Lautenberg amassed a fortune as a founder of a payroll company. He ran for the Senate in 1982, spending $3 million of his own money to beat Republican Rep. Millicent Fenwick in an upset.

Climbing the Senate seniority ladder, Lautenberg was a strong advocate on issues such as gun control, environmental protections and…

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