Nation’s oldest veteran Richard Overton turns 112

The nation’s oldest living veteran, Richard Overton, turns 112 on Friday.

Overton was born in 1906 in Bastrop County. He went on to serve in the Army for three years during World War II. Afterward, he returned to Central Texas and bought a house in East Austin for $4,000. He still lives there today.

“I think I’ll live in it until I die, I got nowhere else to go,” Overton said in a past interview.

Over the years Overton has received several accolades. In 2013, then Texas Governor Rick Perry stopped by Overton’s front porch with a bottle of bourbon and later in the year former President Obama honored Overton in front of thousands in Washington, D.C. on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home. But this veteran held his head high,” Obama said at the time.

For his 111th birthday, the Austin City Council helped give the street he’s lived on for more than 70 years an honorary name, Richard Overton Avenue.

Overton has always credited God for his longevity and says whiskey and cigars helped along the way. Happy Birthday, sir!