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Richard Overton (left), America’s oldest veteran at 109 years old, greets Dr. Granville Coggs (right), a Tuskegee Airmen, and Maj. Gen. Jeffery Snow (center), commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, during the pre-game ceremonies of the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Jan. 9. Overton delivered the game ball for the bowl, while Coggs was introduced to crowd with fellow Tuskegee Airmen Theodore Johnson during opening ceremonies.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons — Sgt. 1st Class Rauel Tirado

Oldest WWII vet — and member of a Church of Christ — dies at 112

He was almost a teenager — again.

Richard Overton, America’s oldest World War II veteran — also believed to be the oldest living man in the U.S. — died Thursday, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. He was 112.

Richard Overton celebrates his 111th birthday in 2017.

Richard Overton celebrates his 111th birthday in 2017.

Overton was a member of the Church of Christ in Hyde Park in Austin, Texas. He was baptized at the young age of 107.

The Christian Chronicle published a tribute to Overton in June 2015, when he was 109.

You may not have known this interesting little truth, but one of your oldest brothers in Christ is America’s oldest-living World War II veteran, Richard Overton. His 109th birthday was celebrated on Mother’s Day, May 10, at the Church of Christ in Hyde Park, Austin, Texas.

Richard Overton served in the South Pacific during the war. He has been honored many times in recent years, even being honored by President Obama during a ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington. But the greatest honor he has experienced was his baptism into Christ during the summer of 2014. He was 107 years old when he was born again.

Until recently, Richard drove his own pickup truck to worship services every Sunday. Though his mind is still as sharp as a tack, he says he feels weak at times but assures everyone he is fine.

As late as last summer he was still mowing lawns for “widow women” in his neighborhood because, he says, they were too old to do it themselves.

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