Emiliano Mercado del Toro (b. August 21, 1891 – d. January 24, 2007) was the oldest verified military veteran. He also was the oldest living person in the world for 6 weeks. In addition, he was the oldest person ever from Puerto Rico.
At 27 Emiliano was drafted into the US Army during WWII in 1918. A none combat veteran, Emiliano was still at a training camp in Panama when Armistice was declared on November 11, 1918.
Emiliano was buried in his native town of Cabo Rojo on January 24, 2007.