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11.11: Austin’s/America’s Oldest Vet

I read today in the Austinist that the nation’s oldest veteran (107!) lives in my town, Austin TX. This whole thing is fantastic; note the morning whiskey and daily cigars:

107-year-old Bastrop County-born Richard Overton is believed to be the oldest living veteran in the country, and he still calls Austin his home.

He spent Veterans Day in D.C., one of many former soldiers honored by Barack Obama in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and with breakfast at the White House.

Overton, who served in the Army during WWII and was present at the attack on Pearl Harbor and the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima, still lives an independent, enviable life:

He drives and walks without a cane. During a television interview in March, he told a reporter that he doesn’t take medicine, smokes cigars every day and takes whiskey in his morning coffee. The key to living to his age, he said, is simply “staying out of trouble.”

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