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Oldest living American WWII veteran turns 112

SUPER CENTENEARIAN: Richard Overton (Photo credit:

MAY 12 marked the birthday of one of the oldest living World War II veterans in the world.

Texas resident Richard Overton celebrated his 112th birthday on Friday with a community celebration at his East Austin home on the street that now bears his name — Richard Overton Avenue.

Overton was born in Bastrop County, Texas and was inducted into the U.S. military on September 3, 1940 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima during World War II. He left the U.S. Army in October 1945.

Overton also worked at local furniture stores before taking a position with the Texas Department of the Treasury - now part of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - in Austin.

Speaking to, Overton said: “I love to have a birthday.That’s another day. I hope I live another five years.”

Overton is believed to be the oldest living American and the third-oldest person in the world and according to the news site, the super-centenarian has no plans of slowing down.

Since his last birthday, he’s kept busy. “I’m enjoying myself,” he said.

Last month, he flew in a private jet to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, where he received a private tour and met former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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