Oldest living World War II veteran celebrates 111th birthday

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AUSTIN, Texas — The oldest living World War II veteran celebrates his 111th birthday on Thursday.

Richard Overton (C), believed to be the oldest remaining American veteran of World War II, stands and is applauded as the US President acknowledges him during a Veteran’s Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 2013. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Richard Overton was born on May 11, 1906, in Bastrop County, Texas, according to My Statesman.

Overton served from 1942 to 1945 as part of the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion, the paper reported.

And the supercentenarian still lives on his own, according to his GoFundMe page.

He’s lived in the same home in Austin for 72 years, My Statesman reports, and the GoFundMe was set up to help him stay there.

“Richard has out lived all of his closest relatives and is in need of 24/7 home care. We are asking for donations to keep him living in his home instead of a nursing home,” the fundraising page states.

He plans to celebrate his birthday with a neighborhood block party outside the home, the paper reported.

Austin filmmakers Rocky Conly and Matt Cooper profiled Overton in 2015.

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