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Maurice Starkey

Born: Dec 3, 1901

Death: Nov 27, 2006

Nationality: United States

Maurice Starkey

Date of Birth : Dec 3, 1901
Date of Death : Nov 27, 2006

Maurice E. Starkey was, at age 104, one of the last American surviving veterans of the World War I era. He joined the United States Navy in July 1919, and served in the early days of the U.S. submarine corps aboard two K-class submarines, the USS K-3 and USS K-4 that operated along the U.S. eastern coastline during and after the war. After leaving the service he saw much of the United States by hopping freight trains for many years. He married twice, and lived in California for some time while working as a chef. He claimed to have held a job as a chef for a hotel restaurant owned by Gene Autry, and once cooked for restaurant customer Howard Hughes. Starkey settled near family in Royersford, Pennsylvania in 1967 and continued working until his retirement. Maurice lived with his nephew in the last years of his life, and died in the hospital near his home in Royersford just six days before his 105th birthday.

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