Richard Overton, Veteran, Turns 112 Smoking Cigars, Drinking Whiskey

Gary Keith gives Richard Overton a bottle of Maker's Mark for his 111th birthday last year

He's America's oldest living World War II veteran. "I hope I live another five years".

"I love to have a birthday", Overton tells the Austin American-Statesman.

Overton joined the US military in 1940 and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

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Born in 1906, Overton has lived through 19 presidents and endured the war, which saw him enlist in the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston in 1942, and then serve in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945.

The street on that he resides - Richard Overton Avenue - was named in honor of the 111th birthday a year ago, according to FOX7.

Overton credits God, whiskey and cigars as the secret to his long life.

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That said, Overton hasn't let age slow him down - just last month, the now 112-year-old flew on a private jet to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. "No pain and no aches".

Another friend, Chaka Dada of the hip-hop group Riders Against the Storm, had 112 shirts made with the words Overton told to Steve Harvey when the pair met: "Keep living, don't die".

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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In 2017, Overton's family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his in-home care, which has raised more than $234,000.

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