Thursday, 19 July, 2018

America's oldest living World War II veteran turns 112

Gary Keith gives Richard Overton a bottle of Maker's Mark for his 111th birthday last year Gary Keith gives Richard Overton a bottle of Maker's Mark for his 111th birthday last year. Gabriel C. Pérez KUT
Charlie Simmons | 13 May, 2018, 00:22

America's oldest World War II veteran, and the oldest man in America, turned 112 years old on Friday.

Speaking to MyStatesman.com, Overton said: "I love to have a birthday.That's another day".

But what has kept Overton going these 111 years?

During World War II ― when Overton was in his late 30s ― he served in the Pacific Theater with the Army's all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion from 1942 to 1945.

Richard Overton was born May 11, 1906, in Bastrop County, Texas, according to My Statesman.

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The street on that he resides - Richard Overton Avenue - was named in honor of the 111th birthday past year, according to FOX7.

These days, Overton's life is less combative.

The veteran's family raised over $237,000 on a GoFundMe page meant to ensure that Overton can remain in his home, rather than being relocated to an assisted living facility.

"He's like a gift to Austin that keeps giving", Overton's friend, Steve Wiener, told the newspaper. "He's a crackerjack. When people sense his humor and playfulness, it just lightens everyone's step".

Every day, he smokes 12 Tampa Sweet cigars, drinks multiple cups of coffee and Dr. Pepper, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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