Richard Overton, America’s oldest living man and the world’s oldest living World War II veteran, celebrated his 112th birthday on Friday.
Overton was born near Austin, Texas, in 1906. During World War II, Overton served as a marksman in a segregated unit while stationed in Pearl Harbor and Okinawa. He served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945 with stops in Hawaii, Guam, and Iwo Jima.
He currently resides in East Austin, where he has lived since the 1940s.
The Gerontology Research Group lists Overton as the oldest living American man. The only other man on that list, Masazou Nonaka of Japan, has not publicly claimed to be a veteran of World War II.
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