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Oldest living WWII veteran returns home after meeting with President

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The oldest living World War II vet is back in Austin. On Monday 107-year-old Richard Overton travelled to Washington D.C. at the request of the President.

Overton was recognized by President Obama in the National Veterans Day event.

Tuesday night he received more special recognition.

Many people gathered at the ABIA airport to cheer him home. They brought flags and signs.

When Overton exited the elevator, he stood up out of his wheelchair and shook everyone's hand, as they thanked him.

Overton had breakfast with President Obama at the White House and also rode in the presidential motorcade to the National Cemetery.

Overton served in the Army in WWII. He was at Pearl Harbor following Japan's attack.

Overton says he is ready to go back to Washington D.C. next year.

"If they let me go," Overton said.

Each year Honor Flight Austin takes WWII veterans to visit the National World War II Memorial in D.C.

Overton will turn 108 in May.

For more information about Honor Flight or to donate click here.


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