Monument Planned To Honor The Late Richard Overton
By Ben Philippi
The planned monument for Richard Overton will honor the late veteran.
Fundraising is underway for a monument to honor the late Richard Overton. Overton, who passed away on Dec. 18, 2018, at the age of 112, was not only America’s oldest living Veteran but also the oldest man in America.
The planned monument was designed and will be built by Gilbert Beall. The monument will be unveiled on Overton’s birthday, May 11, 2020, at his final resting place in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. A fundraising event is also set to take place on March. 5, 2020 at Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Austin.
Overton joined the army on Sept. 3, 1940, and served in the South Pacific until 1945. After the war, he settled in Austin, Texas where he worked at a furniture store. Later in life, he gained somewhat of a celebrity status not only because of his age but also how he claimed to maintain his health. He credited his longevity to smoking cigars and drinking whiskey. He hung out with the likes of Texas Governor Rick Perry and President Barack Obama.
Guns.com had the honor of visiting Overton at his home in Austin, Texas in the spring of 2015,Source: Guns.com