The oldest man in the United States passes away
Richard Overton, America’s oldest World War II veteran and the oldest man in the United States, passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 112
Overton would have been 113 on May 11, 2019 however the veteran had actually been hospitalized with pneumonia, his family members said.
Overton offered to serve in the US Army beginning in 1942 and served with the 188th Aviation Engineer Battalion, an all-black system that served on different islands in the Pacific.
“He was present at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. He was present at Okinawa. He was present at Iwo Jima, where he stated. ‘I just left there by the grace of God,’”
Richard Overton remained in his 30s when he volunteered for the Army and was at Pearl Harbor simply after the Japanese attack in 1941. Some times ago, he attributed that smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, cultivated to his living long on earth.
His current birthdays drew nationwide attention and complete strangers would visit his home to celebrate with him. Even well into his 100s, he would drive widows in his community to church.
“With his quick wit and kind spirit he touched the lives of so many, and I am deeply honored to have actually known him,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated in a declaration Thursday, calling Overton “an American icon and Texas legend.”
“Richard Overton “made us happy to be Texans and happy to be Americans,” the governor included. “We can never ever pay back Richard Overton for his service to our country and for his lasting effect on the Lone Star State.”
In 2013, the then president of America, Barack Obama honored Overton at a Veterans Day event at Arlington National Cemetery.