Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day 2013, live long and "stay out of trouble"

International Business Times/Andrew Berry, 11/9/13.  "Veterans Day 2013:  Who is Richard Overton?  Meet the oldest living US Military Vet who credits longevity to whiskey, cigars."

Living at home, driving, age 103
richard overton veteran
Oldest US Military Veteran, age 107
"Richard Overton -- the man believed to be the oldest living United States military veteran at the age of 107 -- received a box of cigars and a standing ovation at a pre-Veterans Day ceremony in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. His secret to longevity?  Whiskey, cigars and “staying out of trouble.”

....  As KEYE-TV reports, Overton will have breakfast with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Monday for Veterans Day, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

....   Overton is a source of inspiration to those around him. "It's not every day you get to meet a 107-year-old World War II veteran that still drives and smokes 12 cigars a day and has a 90-year-old girlfriend and drives to church and cuts his grass and takes a baby aspirin a day," Allen Bergeron, a veteran's consultant for the city of Austin, told KEYE-TV."   Read article.  Note:  The left photograph from this article, by Wikimedia Commons.

Related Anders, American Statesman Staff, 12/25/09. "Richard Overton At 103, Overton still drives some of the widows in his neighborhood to church on Sundays. 'I take care of myself,' he says. 'I still cut yards. I do that for my health.' ".  Note:  The right photograph is from this article by Deborah Cannon.   

Fix Pacifica reprint.  He's back, and we're celebrating the same veteran, Fox News, 5/24/13.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Kathy Meeh said...

Tom, I so enjoyed your comment on the Memorial Day article that I decided to follow Richard Overton, the 107 year old WWII veteran for the duration. Overton was specially recognized by President Obama during his Veteran's Day speech today.

Today we again think of you, and others who have served in our military. Not everyone served in jungle/hill combat, as you did in the Vietnam war; nevertheless all military work is dangerous. And there is a longer term sacrifice to military service men and women and their families.

Today some of our troops were sent to the Philippines in the aftermath of typhoon destruction there-- no war, just to assist in an emergency.