Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oldest World War II Veteran Turns 112: Richard Overton


From the Greatest Generation Foundation.

Richard Overton, the oldest U.S. World War II veteran, turned 112 on May 11 (born 1906).  He is the oldest verified World War II veteran and also the oldest man in the  United States.

He was inducted into the Army at Fort Sam Houston on September 3, 1940, and served in the South Pacific from 1940 to 1945.  Since he is a black man, he served in a segregated unit during the war.

He lives in Austin, Texas, and cites cigars, Dr. Pepper and coffee for his longevity.  He also likes his coffee whiskey-infused.

Sounds Like Quite a Character.  Happy Birthday Mr. Overton.

--GreGen

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