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Richard Overton is no snowflake.
He puffs happily away on 12 to 18 stogies a day.
In declaring Thursday Richard Overton Day, Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler tweeted: “Celebrating Richard Overton’s 111th birthday is a chance to celebrate what is best about our country and our community. Happy birthday!”
The tough Texan served in the Pacific Theatre with the Army’s all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion from 1942 to 1945. He saw action in Anguar, Peleliu and the horrific battle of Iwo Jima.
He has lived in the same home in Austin since returning from the Pacific. It was recently renamed Richard Overton Ave.
In 2013, Overton was honoured by President Barack Obama at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The vet added that one of the greatest moments in his life was seeing a black man become president.
“We all knew that if you move Richard out of his home, he’d die,” Overton Jr. said. “That home is everything for him.”