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A World War II veteran who was the oldest known living American man has died at the age of 110.

Frank Levingston, Jr. is being remembered by family members as the backbone of his family.

"He never married, had no children, but he took great pride in taking care of his sister's and brother's children," his nephew, Jee Levingston told ABC News. "He was an individual who was able to mingle with people of all levels, from the uneducated to those with the highest of level of education."

Levingston was born on Nov. 13, 1905 in North Carolina, one of seven children. His parents died when he was very young.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1942, less than a year after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the U.S. into World War II. There, he served as a private during the Allied Invasion of Italy which lasted from September 1943 to January 1944.

Following his service, he became a union worker specializing in cement finishing.

On his 110th birthday, he received a letter from the White House thanking him for his service. Last year, he laid a wreath at the National World War II Memorial to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

In an interview on his birthday last year, friend Pamela Gobert said, "One time we were at memorial and a young lady asked him, 'Mr. Frank how old are you going to live?' and he said, '110.' That's what he said."

A funeral for Levingston is planned for next week at the Wesley Grove CME Church in his hometown of Cotton Valley, Louisiana.

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