Today, Richard Overton is enjoying a birthday many strive for but few actually get to see. Our nation’s oldest living World War II veteran turned 110, and he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Overton joined the military in 1942 and served overseas in the Pacific. Today, he still lives in the same house he bought after he got out of the service. He still drives, takes care of his lawn and takes the time to enjoy his favorite things.
“I smoke at least 12 Tampa Sweet cigars a day,” Overton told the Wall Street Journal. He also credits whiskey as his secret to his longevity, although he says he drinks it much more sparklingly these days.
In this video, Overton talks about what keeps him spry.
Overton has also earned praise from other high ranking politicians. He’s been visited by former Texas Governor Rick Perry, with a bottle of whiskey in hand, and was invited to the White House by President Obama in 2013. His drive, incredible stories and enchanting personality have helped him to become a living legend in his hometown.
“I like the attention,” the Overton admitted. “I never thought I would be that important.”
When asked what his goals were for the rest of his life, Overton stayed true to himself, keeping his response simple and straight-to-the-point. “I just gotta live.”