Richard Arvine Overton is believed to be America’s oldest living veteran and he’ll be celebrating his 107th Memorial Day quietly today at his Texas home he built after he returned from World War II
Overton watched as many of his fellow soldiers gave their last full measure of devotion in World War II and over the decades he has seen even more give their lives in the service of their country. Mr. Overton plans on spending the day on the front porch of his East Austin home with a cigar in his right hand and a cup of whiskey-stiffened coffee nearby. Overton sounds like my kind of guy.
Fox News reports,
“I don’t know, some people might do something for me, but I’ll be glad just to sit down and rest,” the Army veteran said during a phone interview. “I’m no young man no more.”
Overton, who was born on May, 11, 1906, in Texas’ Bastrop County, has gotten used to being the center of attention of late. In addition to being formally recognized by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell on May 9, Overton traveled to Washington, D.C., on May 17 as part of Honor Flight, a nonprofit group that transports veterans free of charge to memorials dedicated to their service. Despite serving in the South Pacific from 1942 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima to name a few, it was Overton’s first time in the nation’s capital.
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