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.
So sad to see this. Gonna smoke a cigar and have some whiskey in honor of Mr. Overton tonight. https://t.co/x7YBD9xqk5
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) December 28, 2018
Rest In Peace Richard Overton.
The United States’ oldest living WWII veteran passed away this afternoon at the age of 112 in Austin, TX.
Overton was an incredible man— with so much personality.
He was truly a standout member of the greatest generation. pic.twitter.com/WxJU038N5u
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) December 28, 2018
When Richard Overton was born in 1906, Theodore Roosevelt was president and veterans from the Black Hawk War were still alive. RIP! pic.twitter.com/rDEbaguXqj
— Ryan Holiday (@RyanHoliday) December 28, 2018