Oldest living WWII veteran dies

December 27, 2018 - 8:11 pm

The oldest living World War II veteran in the United States has passed away, according to CBS Austin.  Richard Overton who was hospitalized earlier this month with pneumonia was 112 years old.

Overton lived in Austin, Texas in the house he built 72 years ago.  He gained some attention earlier this year when funds were stolen from his personal bank account, but that money was reimbursed. Connecting Vets covered the story of Overton last year- when he was fighting another bout of pneumonia - and his family set up a separate GoFundMe account they could use to pay for his 24-hour care.

Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on the passing of Overton. 

"Richard Overton is an American icon and a Texas legend," said Governor Abbott. "With his quick wit and kind spirit he touched the lives of so many, and I am deeply honored to have known him. Richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be Americans. We can never repay Richard Overton for his service to our nation and for his lasting impact on the Lone Star State. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends."

Born on May 11, 1906, Overton served in the South Pacific in World War II, before he returned to Austin as a furniture salesman and then worked for the state government.