Whisky, cigars keep 111-year-old war vet rolling

May 14, 2017
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Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

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Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army where he foundDennis Oland found guilty of 2nd-degree murder in 2011 death of father. Read more ... » himself at PearlPearl Harbor Anniversary Offers Peek Into a Different World. Read more ... » HarborPearl Harbor Anniversary Offers Peek Into a Different World. Read more ... » in the days'He only got 30 days for breaking someone's face'; Goalie who destroyed hockey player's face jailed. Read more ... » after#ForeverDuncan: Man surprises girlfriend with wedding six hours after proposal. Read more ... » the horrific Japanese sneak attack.

The tough Texan served in the Pacific Theatre with the Army’s all-blackEndangered black rhino born at Iowa zoo. Read more ... » 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion fromSaskatoon man finally cashes in on $5M lottery win from last summer. Read more ... » 1942 to 1945. He saw action in Anguar, Peleliu and the horrific battleMedical pot works in the battle against PTSD, vets say. Read more ... » of Iwo Jima.

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He has lived in the same home in Austin sinceUtah zoo welcomes baby zebra; first born there since 1980s. Read more ... » returning from the Pacific. It was recently renamed Richard Overton Ave.

In 2013, Overton was honoured by President Barack ObamaObama threatens to veto GOP halt on Syrian refugees. Read more ... » at a VeteransToomey, Manchin's Bill Expands Gun Rights for Veterans. Read more ... » Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The vet added that one of the greatest moments in his life was seeing a black man become president.

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But time catches up, evenSelena Gomez Paid For The Weeknd’s $30K Birthday But Wasn’t Even There. Read more ... » to tough old birds like Overton, and in January he was threatened with having to leave his home for an assisted living facilityOntario couple in their 90s reunited at health-care facility after three weeks apart. Read more ... ».

His third cousin Volma Overton Jr. startedEvery house has a story — this one started in Nairobi almost 50 years ago. Read more ... » a GoFundMe campaignPractical joker ends up as male model in American Eagle underwear campaign. Read more ... » to provide careDennis Oland murder trial judge urges jury to take care weighing evidence. Read more ... » for Richard. And it worked.

“We all knew that if you move Richard out of his home, he’d die,” Overton Jr. said. “That home is everything for him.”

bhunter@postmedia.com 

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