Nation’s Oldest World War II Vet Comes Home From Hospital Before Memorial Day

Richard Overton, the world’s oldest living World War II veteran, just won another fight – this time against pneumonia.

Overton, who recently turned 111-years-young, had been battling his ailment at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas, but was released on Tuesday.

He had been taken to the hospital just a few days earlier.

Richard Overton, the U.S. oldest WWII veteran, has been taken to an Austin hospital. Please keep Overton and his family in your thoughts

— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) May 19, 2017


For his recent birthday celebration earlier this month, Overton enjoyed life the only way he knows how – with a cigar, some whiskey, and a block party with all his friends.

Yes, you heard that right – a block party!

So how do you think he celebrated his release from the hospital? Take a wild guess …

Via CBS Austin:

Richard Overton, a 111-year-old Austinite and one of the country’s oldest living World War II veterans, was released from St. David’s Hospital at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Family members told CBS Austin on Monday they had expected Overton to be released Tuesday.

Overton was hospitalized at St. David’s Medical Center after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

Overton’s family says the first thing the 111-year-old did was sit on his porch and ‘fire up’ a cigar.

You have to love this guy.

Overton served in the U.S. Army, fighting in the South Pacific between 1942 and 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau, and Iwo Jima.

Here is a list of his various awards according to Wikipedia:


In December, the family started a GoFundMe page for Overton’s health care costs. Even if you can’t afford to donate, check out the page just to see some of the historical figures Overton has been photographed with over the years.

We couldn’t be any happier for Mr. Overton, and hope he enjoys a cigar and a little whiskey as he marks yet another Memorial Day with the nation today.

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