Richard Arvin Overton, the oldest surviving U.S. World War II veteran and oldest living man in the United States. Everton who suffered from pneumonia died Thursday night in Austin, Texas after living 112 years.
Overton was born in Bastrop County, Texas, he has enlisted into the U.S. military on September 3, 1940, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau, and Iwo Jima and left the U.S. Army in October 1945 as a technician fifth grade.
Overton was hospitalized for pneumonia in December 2018. He recovered but was put in a rehabilitation center, where he died later on December 27, 2018, aged 112 years 230 days.
Earlier this year, the Austin City Council changed the name of his street from Hamilton Avenue to Richard Overton Avenue and declared that day Richard Overton Day.
“I’m proud to get that,” Overton said
Overton said the secret of living a long life on Earth is to keep good friends, smoking a cigar every day and occasionally enjoying good whiskey.