America’s oldest Veteran, Richard Overton, has died in a rehab facility in Austin, Texas. He was 112 years old!
His family says Overton was admitted to the hospital last week with pneumonia. He died on Thursday.
Born on May, 11, 1906, in Texas’ Bastrop County, Overton worked in the furniture business and then with the Texas Treasury Department in Austin after he got out of the Army. He married twice but never fathered any children and attended church every Sunday.
Overton served from 1942-45, with stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima while attaining the rank of sergeant. He saw many of his Army buddies die serving their country, and the rest have passed away since the war ended. He once said he misses the soldiers who served with him in the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion, and would love to reminisce with them.
Well, now he has joined his buddies in Heaven.
In an interview back in 2013 Overton said, “I got good health and I don’t take any medicine. I also stay busy around the yards, I trim trees, help with the horses. The driveways get dirty, so I clean them. I do something to keep myself moving. I don’t watch television.”
Overton lights up a dozen cigars a day, but he’s stopped taking a shot of whiskey in his morning coffee.
“Don’t drink that whiskey any more,” he said.
Here’s a great video from when he turned 109 via Gunscom:
His funeral has been set for Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Shoreline Church on Burnet Rd.
God bless you sir and thank you for your service.
Rest in peace brother.