Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Nation's oldest veteran turns 112

Nation's oldest veteran turns 112

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.

The oldest living World War II veteran and oldest living man in the USA turns 112 Friday, and his family and friends are celebrating by inviting everyone to stop by and see him.

Overton still smokes 12 cigars, drinks multiple cups of coffee and even whiskey and coke every day.

That said, Overton hasn't let age slow him down - just last month, the now 112-year-old flew on a private jet to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

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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. "No pain and no aches".

"I love to have a birthday", Overton tells the Austin American-Statesman.

Family members hope to "keep him living in his home instead of a nursing home", says a GoFundMe page they set up to help finance round-the-clock in-home care for Overton.

To help for this specific expense, his family produced a GoFundMe webpage to get Overton that's raised significantly more than $230,000 of its $400,000 objective.

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