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As He Turns 112, World War II Veteran Richard Overton Still Enjoys A Cigar On The Porch

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When you've lived for 112 years, there's not a lot someone can give you for your birthday that you haven't already received. That's why Richard Overton, America's oldest World War II veteran, is thinking big. 

"I want a million dollars if you're going to give it to me," he said Thursday from the front porch of his East Austin home.

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Overton was born in Bastrop County in 1906 and enlisted in the Army in 1940. He served in the South Pacific from 1940-1945. He left the Army in 1945 and eventually settled in Austin, working for a furniture company and later the Texas Department of the Treasury.

Looking forward to his 112th year, he said he has one goal: “I’m looking to live is about the main thing.”

Overton still smokes his favorite cigars, Tampa Sweets, every day while sitting on his porch. 

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A birthday party will be thrown for him at his home on Hamilton Avenue today from 4 to 7 p.m. The celebration is open to the public.

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Qi from Riders Against the Storm sits with Overton on his front porch.

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