America's Oldest WWII Veteran Celebrates 112th Birthday

America’s oldest man still smoking and drinking turns 112

Richard Overton, the oldest living World War II veteran who also happens to be the oldest living man in the US, turned 112 on Friday doing what he loves most - smoking cigars and drinking whiskey on his front porch in Austin, Texas.

Overton is celebrating his 112th birthday today.

Richard Overton is an Army veteran who served in the South Pacific, including Guam and Iwo Jima.

The Gerontology Research Group, an organization that tracks and verifies people around the world 110 years of age or older, has named Overton the oldest man in America and the second oldest man in the world. Overton said that he is "enjoying [himself]", keeping busy as he advances through the long winter of his life. He often sits in front of his home in Austin where he has lived for 70 years and waves to passers-by.

Overton told KXAN TV, "No pain and no aches".

Every day, he smokes 12 Tampa Sweet cigars, drinks multiple cups of coffee and Dr. Pepper, the Dallas Morning News reported.

To help with this expense, his family created a GoFundMe page for Overton that has raised more than $230,000 of its $400,000 goal.

"He's like a gift to Austin that keeps giving", Overton's friend, Steve Wiener, told the newspaper.

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