America's oldest living World War II veteran turns 112

Richard Overton

Richard Overton

He's the oldest man in America and the oldest veteran, and believed to be the third-oldest man in the world.

Richard Overton lives in Austin and was born in Bastrop County in 1906.

"I feel fine every day", he told reporters on the eve of his birthday, adding he had "no pain and no aches", NBC affiliate WCMH-TV reported. 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.

Richard Overton, America's oldest World War II veteran, as well as the oldest man in America, turned 112 years old on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. "That's another day. I hope I live another five years". He often sits in front of his home in Austin where he has lived for 70 years and waves to passers-by.

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.

Another friend, Chaka Dada of the hip-hop group Riders Against the Storm, had 112 shirts made with the words Overton told to Steve Harvey when the pair met: "Keep living, don't die". "He's a crackerjack. When people sense his humor and playfulness, it just lightens everyone's step".

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