Nation’s oldest veteran, Richard Overton, hospitalized with pneumonia

The oldest living World War II veteran needs help getting 24/7 at-home care (Courtesy/Overton Family)
The oldest living World War II veteran needs help getting 24/7 at-home care (Courtesy/Overton Family)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin resident and America’s oldest veteran Richard Overton, who turned 111 years old on Thursday, May 11, has been taken to the hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia, according to a family member. He is expected to be in the hospital for a few days.

An ambulance was called to Overton’s house on Hamilton Avenue — renamed Overton Avenue in his honor last week — after 5 p.m. Friday. A St. David’s Medical Center spokesperson says Overton is in fair condition.

Overton said he spent his 111th birthday doing what he loves most: sitting out on his porch, cigar in hand, enjoying life. Last month, Overton showed up to the opening of a healing garden, named in his honor, with four cigars sticking out of his jacket pocket. “I’m glad you all take your time out to take up this much time with me,” he said.

The World War II veteran served in the U.S. Army.

In December 2016, family, friends and admirers across the country rallied together to help Overton find the care he needed so he could stay in the home he built in 1945. 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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