WWII vet dies shortly after casting final vote
October 24th, 2012
07:54 PM ET
9 years ago

WWII vet dies shortly after casting final vote

(CNN) - Days after a photo of him casting his final presidential vote captured the hearts of thousands and went viral online, World War II veteran Frank Tanabe died Wednesday.

A week ago, the terminally ill 93-year-old's absentee ballot arrived in the mail.


Filed under: 2012
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Joe

    And that's why they call them America's "Greatest Generation." R.I.P.

    October 24, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Zena Llenar

    Condolences to his family

    October 24, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Squigman

    I salute you sir. Rest In Peace.

    October 24, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Pete

    God bless Mr.Tanabe ,he showed Americans even on his death bed he wanted his voice heard in voting.Condolences to the Tanabe family ,another WWII vet has gone to heaven with the Lord to rest,he's in a better place now.

    October 24, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. The right to vote is cherished!

    The right to vote is cherished!

    October 24, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Name

    God blessed you.

    October 24, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: If I want to live in a theocracy, I'll move to Iran

    RIP, Sir, and thank you again for your service to our country.

    October 24, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Republican who supports President Obama

    May he rest in peace. Regardless of who he votes for the act alone makes him a patriot and supporter of our democratic system. He is also a hero since he put his life on the line to serve this country.

    My condolences to the family.

    October 24, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Ms Edyeluv

    God bless you and your family Frank. Thank you for your service.

    October 24, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. John G. Painterb

    The true definition of citizen / patriot, a veteran from the "greatest generation" and responsible citizen!

    October 25, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  11. John Oboho

    God bless his soul.

    October 25, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  12. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    I don't need to know who the man supported. He, like many Americans, considered voting an honor, a priviledge and a duty. It is him and people like him that are the backbone of this country. I'm just glad that his family made sure that one of his last acts was to exercise his right to vote in one last Presidential election.

    Thank you sir for you service and for your belief in America, Bless you.

    October 25, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  13. ma & pa

    Another faithful son of Liberty has gone after inspiring us to strive for freedom. May his spirit help sustain us all.

    October 25, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  14. ceramicbisque

    God bless this veteran and his family- thanks so much for his service all those years ago, and I hope the family was able to relay our appreciation for his sacrifices made for our country back then. We appreciate him so very much- heaven has a special angel!

    October 25, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  15. ceramicbisque

    A very special thank you to this veteran who sacrificed so much for our country, even when discriminated against due to his heritage. He rose above that and did what he felt was right. We appreciate him very much, and hopefully the family was able to relay the outpouring of support prior to his death. Heaven has a very special angel 🙂

    October 25, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  16. Name

    What a sad goodbye,to a war veteran

    October 25, 2012 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    He was a Republican and most likely voted for Romney – Too bad his last vote will not count... All in all he's a WWII soldier that died for the Red states and the Blue states and should be remembered for that... R.I.P.

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 25, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  18. T'sah From Virginia

    Correction – His last vote will not count because he most likely voted for Romney, not because he passed away...

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 25, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  19. mm

    A Hero! Our prayers and thoughts to his family!

    October 25, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |