America's oldest WWII veteran, oldest man in US, dies at 112

Nation’s oldest World War II vet dies in Texas at age 112

Nation’s oldest World War II vet dies in Texas at age 112

"They had done all they could", said Shirley Overton, a cousin by marriage. Mr. Overton, 107, is the oldest living World War II veteran and was attending the Veteran's Day Breakfast at the White House.

You may not have known this interesting little truth, but one of your oldest brothers in Christ is America's oldest-living World War II veteran, Richard Overton.

Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered for the Army and was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack in 1941.

"We are thankful for everything he's done for the family, for the world", Volma Overton, his third cousin, tearfully told the Dallas Morning News.

Overton was born in 1906 and joined the United States Army in 1940 as a member of the 188th Engineer Aviation Battalion.

Overton worked at local furniture stores before taking a position with the Texas Department of the Treasury - now part of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - in Austin.

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He lived for 73 years in the Austin home he built in 1945. In 2013, speaking to the Austin American-Statesman, Overton recalled ducking bullets in foxholes and clearing bodies left on the field of battle.

In 2013, former President Barack Obama honored Overton at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has declared the day Richard Overton Day and the city also changed the name of his street, Hamilton Avenue, to Richard Overton Avenue. Thanks to the internet and his recent fame, a GoFundMe campaign raised more than $400,000 to provide in-home care. "I can still get around, I can still talk, I can still see, I can still walk".

Family says Overton was admitted to the hospital last week with pneumonia.

Richard Overton served in the South Pacific during the war. He told CNN that he credited God for his long life, admitting he didn't take medicine and enjoyed his cigars and whiskey.

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