Oldest Living World War II Veteran Given Home Renovation in Austin

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The oldest living World War II veteran, Richard Overton, (who is 111 years old) recently received the gift of a lifetime. According to KVUE, Overton, who lives in Austin, was granted a home renovation made possible through the partnership between the Meals on Wheels Home Repair program and the Home Depot Foundation. Crews installed new ceiling fans, new kitchen cabinets, and a new stove. They also put in new plumbing and electric in Overton’s home.

Overton’s Home Has Central AC For First Time

World War II Veteran

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“They changed all of it because at one time it was a fire hazard, things was burning and we didn’t even know it. Yes, actually burning,” said Overton’s friend of more than 40 years, Martin Wilford told KVUE.

Overton’s bathroom also got a full renovation, including a walk-in shower and new sink. “I can’t feel no better, it’s good, I love it, course I had one alright, it wasn’t the kind like that,” Overton saidIn addition to the all of the plumbing and electrical upgrades, Mr. Overton also got central air conditioning and heat for the first time, although he’s not sure he needed it, he told KVUE“I had fans, I had everything I wanted,” Overton said.

United States Army Veteran Honored by President Obama in 2013

Overton and Obama

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Mr. Overton is a veteran of World War II who served with the United States Army. In 2013, he was honored by President Barack Obama. Overton was inducted into the U.S. military on September 3, 1940, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima. He left the U.S. Army in October 1945 as a technician fifth grade.

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World War II Veteran
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