William Alfred Seegers, recently verified as one of only two surviving German veterans of World War I, died Monday night in Richmond at age 106.

Seegers, who served in the German army from July 1918 to April 1919, came to the United States in 1923 and became a naturalized citizen in 1933. He lived in a home he built in suburban Philadelphia until October, when he moved into the Richmond home of his daughter, Virginia Harrison.

Seegers was added to the list of known living World War I veterans in May, when his status was verified by Robert Young, a senior researcher for the Gerontology Research Group.

According to Young, there are only 24 veterans of the war alive worldwide.

Seegers is the second World War I veteran to have died in Richmond in the past 12 months. George Johnson was California's last American veteran of the war when he died in August at 112.

Young said that six of the seven known remaining German veterans of the war have died since January. A list of remaining veterans can be found at http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_veterans_of_World_War_I.

Reach Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@cctimes.com.



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