America’s oldest veteran has passed away. Richard Overton, who served in the Army during World War II, died Thursday December 27th, 2019 in Texas at the age of 112. Overton was known for his love of God, whiskey and cigars, which he credited for his longevity. He had been hospitalized for the last week with pneumonia, according to his family.
Overton was also believed to be the oldest living American. He was born in 1906 in Bastrop County, near the city of Austin in Texas. He served in the Army during WWII with the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion from 1942 to 1945.