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Oldest World War II Veteran Celebrates His 111th Birthday

Oldest World War II Veteran Celebrates His 111th Birthday


Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

The oldest living World War II Veteran has celebrated his 111th birthday.

Richard Overton reached the monumental age at his long-time Texas home on May 11, and if Bilbo Baggins' 111th birthday bash is anything to go by, he must have had one hell of a time.

Born in 1906, Overton served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945, according to Fox News. After the war ended he returned to Austin, Texas, where he has lived in the same house ever since.

Because he's an absolute LAD, he spends most of his time sitting on his porch wearing his favourite WWII Veteran cap while toking on a cigar.

Credit: GoFundMe

"I've been smoking cigars from when I was 18-years-old, I'm still a smoking them, 12 a day," he said back in 2014 (jokingly).

Though he has suffered various health scares over the years, he credits his long life to God and church.

Because of those scares his family set up a GoFundMe account to ensure he could get the care he needs in order to stay in his home.

Credit: rocky conly

"Richard has out lived all of his closest relatives and is in need of 24/7 home care. We are asking for donations to keep him living in his home instead of a nursing home," a post on the site reads. "In 2013, Richard met President Obama at the White House for breakfast before accompanying the president to the to Arlington National Cemetery for a Veterans Day ceremony, where he was honored.

"On behalf of the Overton family, we greatly appreciate any donations to help Richard stay in his home and receive in-home care."

Thousands were raised for the man who has lived quite a life, having met Obama, Steve Harvey and being featured in Cigar Aficionado magazine.

Featured Image Credit: GoFundMe/rocky conly