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America's oldest veteran still smokes cigars on East Austin porch

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He may not look it, but Richard Overton was born in 1906.  That makes him 107 years old.

"Everything has changed.  Soda water was a nickel.  Chewing gum was 3 or 4 pennies...things like that.  I used to work for 25 cents a day," Overton said.

During World War II, he spent 3 years in the army...stopping in Hawaii before serving in the South Pacific.

He's regarded as being the oldest Veteran in the United States -- something everyone seems to want to come talk to him about.

"They can ask me questions and I can tell them what I know and what I did do.  What I didn't do I didn't know anything about that!  We didn't run I know that," Overton said.

With Memorial Day on Monday, we asked Overton what he thinks about the title of "oldest Veteran."

"It makes me feel pretty good.  It makes me think I've done something right.  If I'd done something wrong, I wouldn't be here," he said.

Overton still drives people around who need a ride, works in his yard, drinks a little whiskey with his coffee every morning and sits on his front porch smoking cigars.

107 years is a long time...and he's not done yet.

"Whatever God gives me.  If he gives me 10 more years, I hope I'll be able to take it.  If he gives me 5, I hope I'll be able to do it," he said.

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