Who is the oldest living WWII combat Veteran?
Answer: Richard Overton
Fox News - Richard Overton was born May 11, 1906 in Bastrop County. When he came of age, he served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945 as part of the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion. After the war, he returned to Austin, and he has lived in the same home ever since.
This man is truly incredible. This past Thursday, Richard turned 111! This would be an amazing accomplishment for any normal human being. Richard served in, and escaped from, one of the most deadly conflicts in world history. Amazingly, he's still alive today to talk about it. The most fascinating part of the story is how humble he is. While he has been honored countless times by sitting Presidents, governors, and global dignitaries, most days the man can be found on his front porch, proudly wearing his WWII veteran baseball hat. Chances are, he's enjoying one of his 12 daily cigars as well:
"I've been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old, I'm still a smoking them, 12 a day," Overton joked in 2014.
Besides the stogies, Richard regularly attends church and gives God a lot of credit for his iron-clad immune system and overall health. While Richard is strong for his age, some days are harder than others. A GoFundMe account has raised money to help him stay in his home, and it goes without saying, any amount helps.
Lastly, according to the Associated Press, Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared Thursday "Richard Overton Day" in the city and also gave the street he has lived on for the past 45 years the honorary name of Richard Overton Avenue.
From all of us at TTF, we want to say happy birthday to Richard, and thank him a million times over for his service to our country.
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