The oldest living World War II veteran is turning 111 this week at his long-time Texas home.
Richard Overton was born May 11, 1906 in Bastrop County. When he came of age, he served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945 as part of the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion. After the war, he returned to Austin, and he has lived in the same home ever since.
While he has been honored by sitting presidents, governors and other global dignitaries for his distinguished service, most days he can be found sitting on his front porch proudly wearing his WWII Veteran baseball hat holding a cigar.
He gives credit to God for his longevity and continues to attend church, but he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, too. (Fox 29)
At Overton’s birthday luncheon, Mayor Steve Adler declared May 11, 2017, as Richard Overton Day in the city of Austin.
"I’m proud to get that, I ain’t ever had one in my life," said Overton.
Overton is happy to spend his birthday with those he loves most.
"I aint getting rich, but I feel glad," said Overton.
In a tweet, Adler said, "Celebrating Richard Overton’s 111th birthday is a chance to celebrate what is best about our country and our community. Happy birthday!"
They also gave Hamilton Avenue, the street Overton’s lived on for the past 45 years, the honorary name of Richard Overton Avenue, effective on his birthday. (WFAA)