Richard Arvin Overton
|Richard Arvin Overton|
Overton in the U.S. Army during the 1940s
May 11, 1906|
(age 111 years, 251 days)
Bastrop County, Texas, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Army|
|Years of service||1940–45|
|Rank||Technician fifth grade|
|Unit||1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion (Colored)|
|Awards|| Meritorious Unit Commendation
U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge
Richard Arvin Overton (born May 11, 1906) is an American supercentenarian who at age 111 years, 251 days is the oldest verified surviving U.S. war veteran and the oldest living man in the United States. He is a veteran of World War II who served with the United States Army. In 2013 he was honored by President Barack Obama. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Early life and education
Overton was born in Bastrop County, Texas to Gentry Overton, Sr. (1877–1920) and Elizabeth Franklin Overton Waters (1876–1939). His patrilineal great grandfather, John Overton, Jr., was white and a son of John Overton. He is of African-American, English and Irish descent.
Military and civilian career
Overton worked at local furniture stores before taking a position with the Texas Department of the Treasury (now part of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) in Austin. He was married twice and never had children.
On that same Memorial Day, Overton met with Texas Governor Rick Perry. Overton was also invited to the White House where he met with President Barack Obama, and to the Veterans' Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, where he was singled out by name for praise by the President.
Overton is the subject of a 2016 documentary, Mr. Overton, in which he is interviewed about his daily routine, thoughts on his longevity, and his military service. On May 3, 2016, he became the oldest surviving American veteran after the death of Frank Levingston from Bossier Parish, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
On May 11, 2016, Overton became a supercentenarian.
A week after celebrating his 111th birthday in May 2017, he was once again hospitalized for pneumonia.
In August 2017, Overton was hospitalized in Austin for pneumonia in both of his lungs.
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- National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, U.S.: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; ARC: 1263923. World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park. College Park, Maryland, U.S.
transcription of record here; accessed September 1, 2015.(subscription required)
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- President Barack Obama greets Richard Overton, White House, November 11, 2013
- Carbaugh, Dane (2017-03-24). "Spurs honor Richard Overton, the oldest living U.S. veteran at Military Appreciation Night". ProBasketballTalk. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
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- Hall, Katie (2017-05-19). "UPDATE: Richard Overton, oldest vet and Austin resident, diagnosed with pneumonia, family says". Statesman. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
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