You will fall in love with this 109-year old veteran! Richard Overton is a great American who served America well. Please pray for his swift recovery! He’s a treasure!
The nation’s oldest living veteran is spending Veterans Day in an Austin, Texas hospital instead of celebrating a day he has earned. The 109-year-old was hospitalized with pneumonia.
Richard Overton was scheduled to speak to guests at Austin Community College’s annual Veteran Day program, according to KXAN-NBC in Austin. Because of his hospitalization, his wife Martin Wilfred spoke on his behalf.
The solder served in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945 according to the Austin American-Statesman. He worked in the all-black 1887th Aviation Engineer Battalion. He was reported to have dug foxholes and fought Japanese soldier who hid in trees and hollows. He left the Army in October, 1945, after earning the rank of sergeant.
Born in 1906, the Army veteran has seen the coming and going of eleven presidents. He was born in an era where manned flight was nearly unheard of and has lived to see men walk on the moon and fly around the world with the ease of traveling around town.
He has lived through a segregated upbringing in the South, to serving in a racially segregated combat unit, to seeing a black men become top military leaders and even the President of the United States.
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