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Oldest living WWII vet turning 108

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Richard Overton, 107, gets up every morning, puts on a clean dress shirt, trousers, tennis shoes and a black cap with yellow lettering that reads, "WWII Veteran."

As a man who appreciates hard work, the oldest-living World War II veteran spends many hours each week working on his yard, sweeping his driveway and raking leaves. As he approaches his 108TH birthday he still holds a Texas Driver's License and hasn't lost his sense of humor.

"I just keep a going," said Overton said with a grin. "I don't stop."

When one lives to be 108, they see many loved ones and friends pass away. For Overton the same is true, not just at home but overseas as well. Overton served in the U.S. Army and was sent to the west Pacific in 1945 and says his experience in WWII simply wasn't fun.

"I was shot over my head, between my legs, around my ears, and everything, but it wasn't my day to go."

Overton has been recognized for his service by many dignitaries and world leaders, including President Obama this past Veteran's Day. Overton gave the president a box of his favorite cigars.

"He took them. I don't know what he did with them, but he took them," he said. Was it fascinating to meet the President, I asked? "No, just like meeting you," said Overton.

Overton said he's not a fan of all of the attention, but appreciates the recognition. When it comes to comes to longevity, he said he doesn't have any secrets. He keeps everything in moderation, including a few vices such as whiskey and cigars.

"I've been drinking a little bit," he said, "but I don't drink much. I've smoked cigars ever since I was 18."

Overton doesn't eat large meals, but does indulge every now and then on his two favorites; cookies and tacos. After living so many years, some may have regrets, but Overton only has one.

"I'd go back and get me a wife," he said. "Yeah get me a wife. I've been married twice and both of them had cancer."

Overton said he avoids prescription medication and only takes aspirin to thin his blood.

Overton's friends and church members will gather at his east Austin home Saturday for a birthday picnic. His actual birthday is on Sunday, May 11th. Overton was born in Bastrop County on May 11, 1906.

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