Oldest living American WWII vet passes away

The oldest living American WWII vet has died. Richard Overton passed away at the age of 112 in Austin, TX. He served in in Army during WWII and lived most of his life in the Austin area.

In earlier interviews, Overton credits God and “cigars and whisky” for his long life. “I been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old, I’m still a smoking ‘em. 12 a day,” he said.

President Obama honored Overton in 2013 at a national ceremony in Washington, D.C., saying “”His service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home. But this veteran held his head high.”

People on Twitter offered their condolences and thanks for his service.

 

 

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