America's oldest man celebrates 112th birthday

Richard Overton, America's Oldest WWII Veteran, Turns 112

Someone will probably ask Richard Overton the secret to longevity today and he'll respond with his usual answer: "Not dying".

Nevertheless, Overton hasn't let age slow him down only last 30 days, the now 112-year-old flew to a private jet to the National Museum of African American Culture and History at Washington, D.C.

"I love to have a birthday", Overton told the Austin American-Statesman. "I don't wanna die", he said with a chuckle. "That's another day. I hope I live another five years".

Last month, through a gift from billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert Smith, he got to tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and met former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Dallas News said.

Austin's KXAN reports that he lives in the home he built himself 72 years ago - on a street that has been named after him.

This type of magical moment tends to happen to the veteran nowadays.

Richard Overton was born in 1906 and he's not just the country's oldest living veteran, he's also the country's oldest living man.

Overton credits God, whiskey and cigars since the trick to his lifetime.

But what has kept Overton going these 111 years? The latest fundraising goal is $400,000.



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