OLDEST LIVING WORLD WAR 2 VETERAN TURNS 111 TODAY

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On Thursday, Richard Overton — the country’s oldest living World War II veteran — will celebrate his 111th birthday with a block party in his East Austin neighborhood.

And to help the famous centenarian celebrate, the city is presenting him with a very special gift.

In April, the Austin City Council passed a resolution to give Hamilton Avenue the honorary street name Richard Overton Avenue, and party guests will be able to check out the new street signs at the celebration.

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The closest heir to Overton, who was twice married but has no children of his own, is a 95-year-old cousin who lives a few doors down. Volma Overton is now Overton’s primary family caretaker, stopping by every day to check on him.

“His mind is really pretty sharp,” he said. “We just sit there and listen to him talk and just listening to him talk is something that’s really, really special.”

Volma Overton’s wife, Shirley Overton, described Overton as of sound mind still and “very witty.”

Turning 111 and living on his own has proved to be challenging.

There’s a gofundme page you can reach by clicking here to help this hero out! Why not give our nation’s oldest veteran a birthday gift!

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