The oldest living WW II Veteran gets to meet the President

In a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington Nation Cemetery, President Obama paid special tribute to the oldest known living WW II Vet.   107-year-old Richard Overton served in the South Pacific between 1942 and 1945.  “He was there at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima,” the President said in his address. This was only the second time Overton has been to the nation’s capital in his 107 years.  The first was back in May as part of Honor Flight, a nonprofit group that transports veterans free of charge to memorials dedicated to their service.

Overton credits his longevity to taking an aspirin a day and living a relatively stress free life since he came back from the war.  He also gives credit, in part, to drinking a tablespoon of whiskey in his coffee every morning and to smoking a dozen cigars a day.  I am not sure those last two suggestions would work for all of us, but apparently it is doing wonders for him.  Although, I guess if you want to live for over a century as a WW II Vet then Texas is the place to be!




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