On the cusp of turning 112, a whirlwind life for the oldest living World War II veteran

Now, Overton – the country’s oldest living World War II veteran – has been enjoying a bit of fame for his longevity, and has a regular stream of visitors to his home in Austin, Texas.

Last week, he mentioned to one of his visitors that he’d like to someday see the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

The following morning, Overton and a few friends were on a private jet heading toward the nation’s capital. They got a private tour of the museum before it opened to the public Sunday morning, April 8.

It was one in a line of stunning and unlikely happenings for Overton, who is believed to be the oldest living American and the third-oldest person in the world. His 112th birthday is next month. His secret to a long life includes cigars, whiskey and speaking his mind.


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