Nation’s oldest WWII veteran hospitalized in Austin

Richard Overton, the nation's oldest veteran, is the special guest at a Veterans Day ceremony at ACC
Richard Overton, the nation's oldest veteran, is the special guest at a Veterans Day ceremony at ACC (AP)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The nation’s oldest living World War II veteran, Richard Overton, has been hospitalized at St. David’s for pneumonia.

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Martin Wilfred, a friend of Overton, told KXAN that he is doing better and is no longer in the intensive care unit. He is being constantly monitored by nurses at St. David’s, however.

Wilfred believes Overton won’t be able to return home until next week.

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Overton was expected to be a special guest at Austin Community College’s annual Veterans Day commemoration at the ACC Veterans Resource Center. Due to his illness Overton was unable to attend.

Overton celebrated his 109th birthday in May with “Might Fine at 109.” Might Fine Burgers sponsored Overton’s birthday party; Austin’s finest were in attendance.

Overton has received numerous honors for his service from the mayor of Austin to the President of the United States.

“From everybody that lives in this city, we do really consider you a treasure and everybody wishes you a happy birthday as well,” Mayor Adler told Overton at his birthday celebration.

Overton has seen 11 presidents, two World Wars, the 19th amendment that gave women the vote and Austin has doubled in size five times during his lifetime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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