UPDATED 7:21 AM PT — Friday, Dec. 28, 2018
The nation’s oldest WWII veteran has died after a battle with pneumonia. 112-year-old Richard Overton passed away on Thursday at a Texas rehabilitation facility, just one week after he was admitted for difficulty breathing.
Overton spent three-years in the Army during WWII, and has lived in the Austin area since completing his military service back in 1945.
The veteran became a local hero following an interview, where he discussed his love for smoking cigars and drinking whiskey even after reaching triple digits in age.
He received honors in 2013 from former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former President Barrack Obama for his service to the nation.