Richard Overton, who at 112 is America's oldest man and the oldest WWII veteran, has been hospitalized with pneumonia. According to the Austin-American Statesman, this is the second time Overton has been hospitalized with pneumonia this year.
Overton is currently recovering at St. David's Medical Center.
"He needs prayers," Volma Overton, Richard's third cousin, told the Dallas Morning News. "He needs everybody's prayers."
The veteran has lived in the same house in Austin for over seven decades. The street where he lives has been renamed Richard Overton Avenue. Last year, over $100,000 was raised to keep Overton in his home. The funds covered the cost of in-home care for the American hero. Shortly after, Meals on Wheels Central Texas Home Repair stepped in to renovate Overton's home so it's easier for him to make his way around the house.
Overton has rightfully been recognized for his heroism by state and national leaders. He was invited to the White House by former president Barack Obama and he was personally gifted a bottle of whiskey by former Texas governor Rick Perry.
The 112-year-old has said his advice for living a long life is "Keep living, don't die." He still drives and takes care of his lawn and once told the Wall Street Journal that he credits his long life to drinking whiskey.
Get well soon, Richard.