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Louis Goodman, 106, WWI veteran

ATLANTA -- Louis Goodman, one of the few remaining World War I veterans, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 106.

Mr. Goodman was among the nation's oldest members of Jewish War Veterans, said Herb Rosenbleeth of Washington, executive director of Jewish War Veterans of the USA.

There are fewer than 200 living World War I veterans in the nation, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

At 105, Mr. Goodman celebrated his birthday with a hot-air balloon ride. "His only complaint was that it did not take him up high enough," said his daughter, Shirley Siegel of Atlanta.

Mr. Goodman was born in Ukraine. The family came to the United States to escape poverty and pogroms against Jews in Russia, Siegel said.

He became a citizen when he was drafted into the US Army and served as a medic in France for a few months until the war ended, said his son-in-law, Harold Siegel.

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