Oldest WWII veteran turns 111, receives permanent Austin honor

Austin, TX (PPN) – The country’s oldest living World War II veteran celebrated his 111th birthday.

Mr. Richard Overton has called Austin home for over seven decades. His life has been filled with honorable moments, yet it’s the simple things in life that he cherishes the most.

Over his long lived life, he has been honored with memorial gardens, plaques. He’s met the first African-American President Barack Obama. On his birthday Thursday, the city of Austin will honor him by renaming the street that he’s called home for 70 years, Richard Overton Avenue.


“They’re putting the sign out here, putting the street sign all the way out there,” Overton said. Overton built his home in 1945.

Being a local celebrity hasn’t prevented Mr. Overton from being humble. When asked for his secret to living more than eleven decades, Overton gave the same response he has for years.

“God gave me this,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do about it but laugh, be glad.”

While the city celebrates his birthday, Overton says he’ll spend Thursday doing what he loves most; sitting out on his porch, cigar in hand, enjoying life.

The street naming ceremony will be at 3 p.m. It will take place in front of Overton’s home in the 2000 Block of Hamilton Avenue (now Richard Overton Avenue). The ceremony will be followed by a birthday party to last through 7 p.m.


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