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Old 11-10-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default In honor of Veterans Day, I present the nation's oldest veteran

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news...0656a75eb86e8f

He is extremely bad ass

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AUSTIN - Richard Overton, believed to be the oldest living United States veteran at 107, accepted a box of cigars and a standing ovation Thursday with a humble demeanor and a beaming smile.


More than 100 people packed a conference room at the Stephen F. Austin building in downtown Austin to attend a pre-Veterans Day ceremony in Austin honoring Overton and Ken Wallingford, who spent 10 months in a tiger cage as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.



"I've gotten so many letters and so many thank yous and I enjoy every bit of it, but I'm still going to enjoy some more," said Overton, who is planning a visit with President Barack Obama next week in Washington, D.C.


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Overton, identified by the General Land Office as the nation's oldest veteran, was born in Bastrop County. He served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific and now lives in Austin. He sold furniture in Austin after the war and later worked for the state Treasurer's Office.


He drives and walks without a cane. During a television interview in March, he told a reporter that he doesn't take medicine, smokes cigars every day and takes whiskey in his morning coffee. The key to living to his age, he said, is simply "staying out of trouble."
And thanks to all VETS
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Thank you Veterans!
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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Thank you to all veterans past and present!
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:31 AM   #4
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Default Re: In honor of Veterans Day, I present the nation's oldest veteran

Who the F single starred the thread?? Douchebag.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:37 AM   #5
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Default Re: In honor of Veterans Day, I present the nation's oldest veteran

Thank you Vets!!!

The 2 baddest men I knew passed away earlier this year. 1 was at Normandy and the other was a Vietnam and Korea vet. The guy that was at Normandy never spoke about it ever (he did have a purple heart) but the other guy didn't mind sharing stories.

He was a ranger and was captured on 3 different occasions but never was put in a prison because he escaped all three times while they were transporting him. He lost 6 of his front teeth on one escape because he was running through the jungle with his hands tied behind his back and jumped a ditch and hit some barbed wire face first. Kept running until he passed out and was later found by US troops on patrol. He was in a helicopter that was going down and jumped out without a chute from about 100 feet up. Broke his femur and some vertebrae on that one. Those are the stories that stick out, I will post more if I think of them.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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Veteran from Normandy = amazing
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:09 PM   #7
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Pretty amazing.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:28 PM   #8
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Default Re: In honor of Veterans Day, I present the nation's oldest veteran

Great article, Spare.

Thank you, veterans!
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:50 PM   #9
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Default Re: In honor of Veterans Day, I present the nation's oldest veteran

The only problem I see with veterans day, it should be every day not once a year.
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