Richard Overton, the United States' oldest living World War II veteran who happens to call Austin, Texas home and recently celebrated his 111th birthday, has been taken to a local Texas hospital due to a fever.
According to his family, Mr. Overton visited a doctor who said he was suffering from dehydration. Overton left the doctor's office but continued to run a high fever. When he was taken to St. David's Medical Center., he had a 102 degree fever. We're told he has pneumonia and he will be staying at the hospital a couple of days.
Richard Overton recently celebrated his 111th birthday on Thursday, May 11, 2017. He was born in 1906 in Bastrop County, Texas. After the war in 1945, Richard Overton bought a house in East Austin for a whopping $4,000 where he's lived ever since. For his 111th birthday, the Austin City Council helped give the street he's lived on for more than 70 years an honorary name -- Richard Overton Avenue.
Richard Overton served as an Army Sergeant in World War II and is widely considered a national treasure.