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Richard Overton: Cigar Lover & American Hero


Richard Arvin Overton (May 11, 1906 – December 27, 2018) was an American veteran and supercentenarian who was known for his love of cigars and his service during World War II. He was recognized as the oldest living veteran in the United States and one of the oldest living men in the world at the time of his death.

Overton was born in Bastrop County, Texas, and he served in the Pacific theater during World War II, where he fought in the battles of Guam and Iwo Jima. After his service, he returned to Texas and worked in various jobs, including as a furniture maker and as a courier for a local bank. Overton never married or had children.

Overton was known for his love of cigars, and he was often seen smoking one on his front porch or while visiting with friends and family. He claimed that his longevity was due to his daily regimen of cigars, whiskey, and coffee. Overton was a frequent guest on national talk shows and was featured in numerous news articles about his life and service.

In recognition of his service, Overton was honored by various organizations and politicians, including former President Barack Obama. Overton passed away at the age of 112, and he was buried with full military honors at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.