Richard Overton, America’s Oldest Veteran, Got A Street Named After Him On His 111th Birthday

Over the years, we’ve shared the story of Richard Overton, America’s oldest living veteran. The supercentenarian served in the South Pacific during World War II and has lived in the same Austin house he purchased since returning from his three-year tour decades ago. In honor of his service and his dedication to Austin, the city declared May 11, 2017 — Overton’s 11th birthday — Richard Overton Day. In addition, the city also renamed the street Overton lives on Richard Overton Avenue. So how did Overton celebrate his monumental day? The same way he tells the media he celebrates just about everything, with a “little bit of whiskey and cigars.”


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