107 Year Old WWII Vet Richard Overton Honored!


by Tami Jackson

Texan Richard Overton, aged 107, is believed to be the oldest American, WWII Veteran.

Overton volunteered for duty in 1942, and saw action in the South Pacific with an all-black unit during World War II.

Monday Mr. Overton was scheduled for a breakfast with President Obama then ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.

Celeste Brown at WLTX.com writes:

Richard Overton is not just any veteran. At 107, he’s believed to be the oldest known American veteran of World War II.

A member of the Army’s 188th Aviation Engineer Battalion, Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered for service in 1942 and saw combat while “island hopping” in the Pacific with an all-black unit, says Allen Bergeron, chairman of Honor Flight Austin, the Texas group that brings local veterans to Washington to tour the monuments. It was Bergeron’s group that arranged for Overton’s return trip to Washington.

Still living in the house he built when he returned from the war, Overton has been a widower for the past 22 years.

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