He smokes, he drinks, he enjoys life: America’s oldest man turns 112


Richard Overton, America’s oldest living man and the world’s oldest living World War II veteran, is celebrating his 112th birthday on Friday.

Overton was born near Austin, Texas, in 1906. During World War II, Overton served as a marksman in a segregated unit while stationed in Pearl Harbor and Okinawa. He served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945 with stops in Hawaii, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

He currently resides in East Austin, where he has lived since the 1940s.

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