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Richard Overton, America's oldest WWII veteran, dies at 112

Richard Overton, Austin resident and America's oldest living WWII veteran, has died at 112 (Photo: CBS Austin)

Richard Overton, once the nation's oldest living World War II veteran, has died. He was 112.

Earlier this month, he was hospitalized with pneumonia. His family says he died from complications from the illness.

Overton was born in Bastrop County, Texas and 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 during World War II. He left the U.S. Army in October 1945.

Overton also worked at local furniture stores before taking a position with the Texas Department of the Treasury - now part of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - in Austin.

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