The oldest living World War II veteran celebrated his 110th birthday in style this week, by doing what he loves the most; smoking a stogie.
Richard Overton celebrated his birthday on Wednesday 11th May surrounded by friends and family, and continued to shock those around him with his vitality, saying, “I feel good. I feel like I’m 50.”
Overton was born in 1906, and served throughout WWII. He fought as part of the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion, and served in the Pacific Theatre from 1942 to 1954. He even acted as a corporal in Hawaii, Guam and Iwo Jima.
Since returning from the war, Richard has lived in Austin, Texas as part of a close-knit community, and local residents say Mr Overton continues to look out for his friends and neighbours.
“He considers himself our neighbourhood watchdog, and he knows everything that’s going on. I don’t think the neighbourhood would be what it is without him. He’s our legend, our icon,” said Helen Elliott – a neighbour of Mr Overton.
Mr Overton has put his longevity down to three things: God, whiskey and cigars! Many happy returns to Richard, and long may he continue to enjoy his vices.
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