Originally Posted by tjadams
I would think the average age of WWII vets, for the US at least, would be about 88-90
I don't see many lasting fifteen years.
Harry Patch, the last surviving combat veteran of WW1 died in 2009 just a week after Henry Allingham, the last WW1 combat pilot, a handful of other non-combatant veterans survived until 2011. Harry Patch attended the 2008 Rembrance Day Service; it was the first time that he was unable to stand to lay a wreath.
Of the 200,000 veterans of various conflicts who marched in the 2012 service, some 18,000 plus were WW2 veterans (although for many it was a wheel-past)-- quite impressive were the former crew members of arctic convoys, the leader was 100 years old, the youngest 84.
As I remember, as a kid, the annually dwindling numbers of the original "Old Contemptibles" down to their disappearance, I should expect the same will happen over the next few years, but if many are like Harry--I suspect that some will outlive you.