Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Oldest Living American 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. PĂ©rez KUT
Lisa Bryan | 13 May, 2018, 00:22

He was born in 1906, served in a segregated Army unit in World War II, and became a celebrity at 106.

The oldest living World War II veteran turns 112 on Friday!

Most days, you can find Overton sitting on his front porch, smoking his beloved cigars. "That's another day. I hope I live another five years".

Texas resident Richard Overton celebrated his 112th birthday on Friday with a community celebration at his East Austin home on the street that now bears his name - Richard Overton Avenue.


Last month he was flown to Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture in a private jet, where he was given a private tour and introduced to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Austin American-Statesman reported. "No pain and no aches".

Madeline Farber Can Be a Reporter for Fox News. He also eats waffles, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, ice cream, peach cobbler, and other sweet foods. But his favorite drink is a whiskey and Coke.

When comedian Steve Harvey asked Overton in 2012 how he has lived so long, Overton said: "Just keep living, don't die".

The friends plan to donate some of the money from the shirts to Overton's GoFundMe page to finance his round-the-clock in-home care.

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