Nation's oldest living veteran Richard Overton expected to be released from hospital says family

The nation's oldest veteran, 112-year-old Richard Overton, is expected to be released Wednesday from the hospital after battling pneumonia, family says. 

Mr. Overton was hospitalized for pneumonia last week, family says.

He has battled pneumonia twice in recent years.

The family is asking for the public to send thoughts and prayers.

Overton served in the army during World War II for three years. He lives in East Austin in his home he built in 1945.