Richard Overton oldest US veteran-DOD

Richard Overton, 108, is the oldest living veteran in the United States, but he’s as active as ever. On Tuesday, he served as grand marshal in Austin’s Veteran’s Day Parade.

Overton hasn’t slowed down at all. He still drives his old Ford pickup truck, attends church every Sunday, drinks whiskey in his coffee and smokes daily cigars.

His proud service to the nation was recognized by Obama in 2013.

”He was there at Pearl Harbor, when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God,'” the president said at the event.

“He lived his life with honor and dignity. He built his wife a house with his own two hands,” Obama said.

After the war, Overton returned to work in the furniture business and served as a courier in the Texas State Capitol working for four governors. He made more friends there than most of us do in a lifetime.

(READ the story from the Washington Post)

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