An American hero has just passed away. At the age of 112, Richard Overton took his final breath.
Overton is best known for being the oldest living World War II veteran in the nation. He was also the country's oldest living man.
"The news came days after Overton was reportedly admitted into a hospital with pneumonia last week. He reportedly died in a rehab facility in Texas. Overton served in World War II and had built a reputation for his liking for cigars and whiskey. Though he credited God for his long life, Overton told a local Fox station in a previous interview that his vices also helped as well," reported The Hill.
Overton had previously been honored by President Obama for his service to the country. Friends and family remembered him fondly online and gave heartfelt tributes to the veteran. Some remember his famous quote while discussing his love of smoking.
“I been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old, I’m still a smoking ‘em. 12 a day,” he said jokingly at the time, according to The Hill.
Texas Representative Michael McCaul spoke out about his passing via social media.
“Sad to learn of the passing of Richard Overton, whose life personified service to our country and local community,” McCaul said. "I was blessed to know him and will always remember him as the star of the show when we opened the new VA clinic in Austin,” he added.
Join us in praying for his family during this tough time. We thank Richard once again for his service to our nation and pray that God bring peace and comfort to his family.
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