Oldest World War II Veteran Passes Away at 112 Years Old

Richard Overton Avenue- a street in Austin, Texas named after America’s Oldest World War II veteran. The hero himself, also the oldest man in the United States at 112 years old, passed away on Thursday evening.  

Five Years ago the Veteran was praised by former President Barack Obama at the Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. There, Barack said “He was there at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima.”

Richard enlisted in the Army in 1940. There is no amount of thanks to compensate Richard for his service. 

Texas Governor, Greg Abbot, issued a statement on Thursday that read:

“Richard Overton is an American Icon and a Texas legend. With his quick wit and kind spirit he touched the lives of so many, and I am deeply honored to have known him. Richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be American. We can never repay Richard Overton for his service to our nation and his lasting impact on the Lone Star State. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”

When asked what his secret was to a long life, Overton credited God.It is no doubt that Overton had a lasting impact on his community, the people he was surrounded by, and our country. Though physically he is no longer present, his memory and legend will live on forever. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images 

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