Oldest Living World War II Veteran Celebrates 112th Birthday

May 11, 2018

The oldest living World War II veteran and oldest living man in the US turns 112 years old this Friday, May 11.


Richard Overton was born in 1906 and still lives in the house he built 72 years ago in east Austin, Texas. He moved into the house in 1946 and still spends his days out on his front porch, smoking cigars and drinking whiskey.



The street where he lives was changed to Richard Overton Avenue in honor of him.


“I feel fine every day,” said Overton. “No pain and no aches.”


During World War II, Overton served in the US Army in the South Pacific, including stops in Guam and Iwo Jima, from 1940 through 1945.



After the war, he worked for the Texas Department of the Treasury. He was married twice but never had any children.


On Memorial Day in 2013, Overton was invited to the White House to meet President Barack Obama, who thanked him for his service and commemorated his long life.


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