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  • Obama pays tribute to 107-year-old WWII veteran

    Obama pays tribute to 107-year-old WWII veteran

    Monday, November 11 2013 8:02 PM EST2013-11-12 01:02:58 GMT
    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to those who have served in the nation's military, including one of the nation's oldest veterans, 107-year-old Richard Overton.
    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to those who have served in the nation's military, including one of the nation's oldest veterans, 107-year-old Richard Overton.

During that ceremony the President gave special recognition to an Austinite and the oldest known World War II vet still living, 107-year-old Richard Overton.

When the war ended, Richard headed home to Texas to a nation bitterly divided by race and his service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect he deserved at home, but this veteran held his head high. He carried on and lived his life with honor and dignity.

FOX 7 spoke with Overton by phone. He says he attended breakfast with the President at the White House Monday morning.

Two dozen other military guests were there, but we're told the President spent the longest time talking with Overton.

Overton got to ride in the presidential motorcade to the national cemetery. There, he got a standing ovation. He ended his day with a big bowl of Texas chili.

Here is what he had to say about the day.

"I had a nice exciting day," Overton said. "I really enjoyed it. It couldn't be a better day for me."

Overton returns Tuesday night. Honor Flight Austin is asking for volunteers to meet him at the airport for a big welcome home. Meet at the baggage claim for Southwest Airlines at 7:30 p.m.

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