Richard Overton (pictured) must have done quite a number of right things in his very long life because at 107 years young, he still has a sober mind, walks without a cane, drives a car, and is so healthy, he doesn’t even need to take one pill! Last Thursday, the World War II Army veteran was honored at an Austin, Texas, pre-Veteran’s Day event honoring him and another veteran, Ken Wallingford, 65, who spent 10 months in a tiger’s cage as a Vietnam prisoner of war, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Overton was lauded for his contributions as a WWII soldier who served in the South Pacific. The more than 100 attendees gave the vet a standing ovation as he was given a box of cigars. “I’ve gotten so many letters and so many thank yous, and I enjoy every bit of it, but I’m still going to enjoy some more,” said the centenarian who is meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday for breakfast then a wreath laying.
After the Bastrop County, Texas, native left the army, he first worked a stint as a furniture salesman then switched gears to become an employee for the state in the Treasurer’s Office.