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Richard Overton, America’s oldest World War II veteran died at the age of 112

Richard Overton, America’s oldest World War II veteran died at the age of 112: Richard Overton who is the America’s oldest World War II veteran, died on Thursday at the age of 112. His cousin, Volma Overton Jr confirms his death news and told the Austin-American Statesman.

Richard Overton lived in Austin, Texas and died at his rehabilitation home. According to the news reports, Overton had been hospitalised previous this month and he was suffering from pneumonia.

Overton’s long life and his position as the oldest living American veteran of World War II, ended in making him a superstar personality of varieties from the past few years.

In 2013, he stay in Washington and also got a chance to meet the former US President Barack Obama at the White House.

On his 111th birthday, the street where he lived in Austin was retitled as “Richard Overton Avenue” to give him honour and tribute for serving the nation.

Richard Overton was born on 11 May 1906 in Texas. He assisted and worked in the US Army in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He was married twice but he doesn’t have any children. After finishing his US Army services, he returned home and worked in the furniture stores as well as for the office of the state treasurer.

The Statesman said about Overton that he used to spend his later years sitting on his doorway smoking cigars and drinking coffee or Coca-Cola with a dash of whiskey.

According to the research of Gerontology Research Group, the oldest living man in the world is Masazou Nonaka who died at the age of 113 year and he was from Japan.

About Richard Overton

Richard Arvin Overton was born on 11 May 1906 at Bastrop County, Texas, U.S. He served in the United States Army. Overton recruited into the U.S. military on 3 September 1940 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He worked in the South Pacific from 1940 to 1945, together with stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima. He left the U.S. Army in October 1945 as a technician fifth grade.

In 2013, he was honoured by President Barack Obama. He was invited to the White House where he come across with President Barack Obama, and to the Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, where he was called out by name for compliment by the President.

On 11 May 2016, Overton comes to be a super centenarian. On December 2018, he was hospitalized for pneumonia which he further recovered, but was placed in a rehabilitation centre, where he died on 27th December 2018 at the age of 112 years 230 days. He was the oldest confirmed surviving U.S. World War II veteran as well as the oldest man in the United States. He was inherent in Austin, Texas, until his death.

Military awards and achievements

Rank: Technician fifth grade

Unit: 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion (Colored)

Battles: World War II and South Pacific Theater

Military Awards

He had won various awards for his work in US Army and these awards are:

  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • S. Army Good Conduct Medal
  • American Defense Service Medal
  • American Campaign Medal
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge