Black History Legends……Day 28

Richard Overton

(May 11, 1906-December 27, 2018)

Oldest living African-American man and World War 2 Veteran

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Technician fifth grade rank and stationed at unit 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion

Born in Bastrop County, Texas.  He received many awards and honors for his years of service between 1940-1945.

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Good Conduct Medal ribbon.svg U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal
American Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal
US Army Expert Qualification Marksmanship Badge.png Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge

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Pictured above: Overton was greeted by Barack Obama on Veterans Day in 2013 at his nursing home where he resided until his death from complications of pneumonia. He was honored on May 2016, after the death of Frank Levingston, as the supercentenarian.

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Pictured above: Richard was honored when they changed the name of his home street to his name.

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Pictured above: Overton built this home in 1945 in Austin Texas and lived there after he returned from the War.

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Pictured above: Final resting place for Richard and his wife Wilma Overton at the Texas State Cemetery.

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Pictured above: A happy Richard who says that “Cigars, whiskey and living life is the key to his longevity.” Richard Arvin Overton

 

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