Richard Overton, U.S. oldest World War II veteran, dies at 112

America’s oldest World War II veteran and the oldest man in the United States, Richard Overton is dead.  The World War II veteran died on yesterday afternoon the 27th of December 2018 at the age of 112.

According to Shirley Overton, who happened to be husband to Richard’s cousin and his longtime caretaker said He had been hospitalized with pneumonia but was released on Christmas Eve.

Overton was born in Bastrop County, Texas in the U.S. what’s more, was drafted into the U.S. military on September 3, 1940 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, CBS Austin affiliate KEYE reported. He served in the all-dark 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion.

Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered for the Army and was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack in 1941. Overton served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima during World War II. He left the Army in Oct. 1945, KEYE reports.

Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered for the Army and was at Pearl Harbor soon after the Japanese assault in 1941. Overton served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, incorporating stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima amid World War II. He left the Army in Oct. 1945, KEYE reports.

In 2013, former President Obama honored Overton at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

“He was there at Pearl Harbor, when the battleships were still smoldering,” Mr. Obama said of Overton. “He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God.'”

 

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