America's Oldest Veteran Turns 111 Years Old

Richard Overton credits God and cigars for his longevity
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2017 12:24 PM CDT
America's Oldest Veteran Turns 111 Years Old
Richard Overton, seen here in March, turned 111 on Thursday. He's believed to be America's oldest veteran.   (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

America's oldest veteran, Texas resident Richard Overton, turned an impressive 111 years old on Thursday, Live Science reports. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Overton served in the Pacific during WWII and has lived in the same house in Austin ever since. He credits his longevity to God and cigars, of which he smokes between 12 and 18 a day. Overton has been the subject of a documentary, had his street honorarily named after him, been featured in Cigar Aficionado magazine, and met President Obama, having said the best moment of his life was seeing the election of a black president. Overton has outlived most of his close relatives and requires 24/7 home care. A GoFundMe page for him has raised more than $183,000 in four months. (More veterans stories.)

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