Richard Overton is the oldest living veteran in the United States. He just turned 107 on May 11, 2013.
served in the US Army during World War II. From 1942-1945 he was in the
South Pacific. After being discharged in October 1945, Richard returned
to Texas where he initially worked in a furniture story. Later he
worked for the Texas Treasury Department and didn't retire until he was
in his 80s!
Richard was married twice, but he never had
any children. I find it fascinating that this appeared in the news. It's
not anybody's business whether Richard has children, but I appreciated
the info as I am always on the lookout for childlessness. In fact,
Richard Overton is like Richard II: married twice with no kids! Granted,
Richard Overton was never king, but he has lived over three times as
long as Richard II, so it's probably a wash.
Richard likes to
do yard work and does not watch any television. He smokes as many as
twelve cigars a day and often drinks some whiskey with his coffee or
with soda water in the evenings. Richard is quoted as saying, "Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender."
In other news, when I googled "Richard Overton" I discovered that there was an English pamphleteer during the English Civil War and Protectorate with the same name.
was a big fan of representative government and a big enemy of tyranny
(which in his mind seemed to be monarchy). Anyway, he wrote a lot of
pamphlets and was sent to prison a fair amount because that's how life
was in the 1640s.