Nation’s oldest WWII veteran, Richard Overton, turns 112: ‘He’s a crackerjack’


The nation’s oldest veteran celebrated his 112th birthday on Friday.

Richard Overton, believed to also be the oldest person in America, was born in 1906 in Bastrop County, located just outside of Austin. The WWII veteran served in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion from 1942 to 1945, which included stops in Angaur, Peleliu and Iwo Jima, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

“I love to have a birthday,” he told the newspaper, adding that he hopes to “live another five years.”

Overton credits God, whiskey and cigars as the secret to his long life.

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.

“He’s like a gift to Austin that keeps giving,” Overton’s friend, Steve Wiener, told the newspaper. “He’s a crackerjack. When people sense his humor and playfulness, it just lightens everyone’s step.” – READ MORE

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