In 1877, in a sleepy little Texas county called Bastrop, a little boy was born. He was born to his father, Gentry Overton, Sr. and his mother, Elizabeth Franklin Overton Waters. Little did they know that their son would grow strong and wise. And that he would volunteer to fight in the United States Army against evil forces in World War II.
And he survived the war and returned safe home to the United States of America. Today, he is the oldest living World War II Veteran. He is 112 years old! And for his birthday, he received an early surprise gift! A ride on a billionaire’s private jet! (VIDEO BELOW.)
An early Birthday present from billionaire businessman and philanthropist and friend, Robert F. Smith!
Fox News reported, “On Saturday, Overton got to fly from his home in Austin, Texas to the nation’s capital by private jet to tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture” located in Washington D.C.
Richard Overton casually mentions to Smith that he would like to see the Museum one day. And Fox states, “Smith, who’s donated $20 million to the museum, asked Overton, “What are you all doing this weekend?” and the next morning, the men were on their way, The Washington Post reports.”
href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Arvin_Overton”>Wikipedia notes, “Overton was inducted into the U.S. military on September 3, 1940 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima. He left the U.S. Army in October 1945 as a technician fifth grade. (MORE BELOW.)
Overton worked at local furniture stores before taking a position with the Texas Department of the Treasury (now part of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) in Austin. He was married twice and never had children.”
Throughout the years, Overton won many awards. Among them are, the Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge, U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal, a time-honored award for those who fought in World War II in 1942.
Country’s oldest WWII vet gets surprise ride on private jet ahead of 112th birthday. (VIDEO BELOW.)
Country's oldest WWII vet gets surprise ride on private jet ahead of 112th birthday https://t.co/Ep2yJONfzy
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 13, 2018
Photo of Richard Overton during WWII.
So what is a 112 year old veteran doing these days?
According to Fox News, “the grandson of a slave, Overton served in the Army during WWII and fought in a segregated unit, according to Dallas News. He spent the remainder of his career working in furniture stores and later worked as a courier before retiring at 85.
He now spends most of his time hanging out on his “throne,” what his cousin calls his front porch, where he meets with the regular stream of visitors who want to meet him.”
WATCH VIDEO BELOW from his 111th celebration! His 112th birthday will be on May 11, 2018.
Of course, the twitterverse exploded with kind birthday wishes and gratefulness. BD says, “Thank You Sir For Your Service To Our Country.” Also, Gary sent this sentiment out, “Gary God Bless you Sir in all ways, all your days. Thank you for your selfless and courageous service to our great country.”
Additionally, Jane has a great idea and says, “This hero needs an invite to the White House.” And Marilyn who is from the same generation as Richard says, “Member of OUR great generation.” See tweets below.
Thank You Sir For Your Service To Our Country.🇺🇸❤🇺🇸❤🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
— bd1568 (@USANC13) April 13, 2018
God Bless you Sir in all ways, all your days. Thank you for your selfless and courageous service to our great country.
— Gary A. Willert, MSPL (@a_willert) April 13, 2018
🙏✝️ Member of OUR great generation
— Marilyn (@mekumpf) April 13, 2018
This hero needs an invite to the White House.
— Jane Perry (@JanePerry989) April 13, 2018