Nation's Earliest WWII veteran, Richard Overton, turns 112: '# & He039;sa crackerjack'

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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 is celebrating his 112th birthday today.

Nevertheless, Overton hasn't let age slow him down only last 30 days, the now 112-year-old flew to a private jet to the National Museum of African American Culture and History at Washington, D.C. "That's another day. I hope I live another five years".


Richard Overton, believed to also be the oldest person in America, was born in 1906 in Bastrop County, located just outside of Austin. Overton moved into the house, now on a street named after him, in 1946, and still spends his days on his front porch, smoking cigars and drinking whiskey.

Overton joined the USA military in 1940 and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

"He's like a gift to Austin that keeps giving", Overton's friend, Steve Wiener, told the newspaper.


In 2017, Overton's family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his in-home care, which has raised more than $234,000.

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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