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America’s oldest living veteran dies at 112

Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest living veteran, died at the age of 112 in Austin, Texas yesterday.

A veteran of World War II, Overton served three years in the Army and moved to Austin after the war, where he lived in the same house for 70 years.

Fox 4:

Family says Overton was admitted to the hospital last week with pneumonia.  He died Thursday. …

He gave credit to God for his longevity, but he always said cigars and whiskey helped.

“I been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old, I’m still a smoking ’em. 12 a day,” he said.

The distinction of being the nation’s oldest veteran brought quite a few visitors to his front porch.  One person that graced that porch was former Gov. Rick Perry on Memorial Day in 2013.

“I just wanted to come by and visit with you,” Perry said at the time.

On Veterans Day the same year, former President Barack Obama honored Overton in front of thousands in Washington.  “His service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home. But this veteran held his head high,” Obama said.

Read the full story from American Thinker

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