Oldest U.S. WWII veteran dies at 112
Oldest U.S. WWII veteran dies at 112 Richard Overton was born in Bastrop County, just after the turn of the century. In 1906 he joined the army in 1940 before the US entered World War II. Overton was part of an all-black unit stationed at Pearl Harbor. When the Japanese attack his unit fought in some of the toughest battles of the war, including fights in Iwo, Jima and Okinawa president want me to come over here, and I’m surprised he called me. It 2013 Overton travel to Washington DC where you got the chat with them. President Barack Obama, on his return to Austin people pack ABIA to cheer for him and show their support. Overton told us that welcome was a great ending to one of his best Veterans Day. Celebrations ever that same Marilee leffingwell presented Richard Overton with a birthday Proclamation at City Hall in 2014, Austin Community College honorary degree, Overton told us, despite what he accomplished over the span of more than a century, doesn’t think he’s exceptional and nobody else couldn’t do nobody able To do what I want death of a documentary called mr. Overton and in 2017 the honor started piling up. The Austin city council approved the resolution, giving Hamilton Avenue the honorary name, Richard Overton Avenue, a healing Garden at the VA Austin Outpatient Clinic, was renamed for him. As well, the community also rallied around Overton holding multiple fundraisers to help him with the cost of Home Healthcare Meals on Wheels, Central Texas and the Home Depot Foundation, even teamed up to renovate his home. That’S the same home he built in 1948, after returning home from World War at a birthday party, he shared with us his secret to longevity I used to drive with your long time ago. I always drink a little bit. I kept me lie. so long with your happy the same as medicine, you take it right in 2014, Overton shared with us a message for other veterans that summed up his outlook on life, people living your life and be a good man. Richard Overton, who had been the oldest living World War II veteran, has died at the age of 112. CBS Austin affiliate KEYE reports on his life, legacy and his advice on staying alive for so long.
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