Nation's two oldest WWII veterans meet in Austin


by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 8:00 PM

AUSTIN -- 107-year-old Richard Overton, the nation's oldest living World War II veteran, waited patiently in North Austin Friday.

He waited to meet the nation's second oldest living World War II veteran, Elmer Hill, also 107.

Emeritus Assisted Living arranged to have Hill driven to Austin from its facility in Henderson, Texas, so he could meet Overton for lunch.

It was a sight to see as these two walked down the hallway to the dining room. The men had never met each other, yet, they seemed to hit it off like old friends.

"How you been doing? All right?" Hill asked Overton.

"Oh, yeah, Doing fine," said Overton.

When asked what it meant to have that connection, serving in World War II, Overton said, "[I] enjoy it. Nothing could be no better.”

Hill, who is just three months younger than Overton, had a competitive edge, saying, "I'm not that old. I've just been here a long time!"

When asked how it felt to meet another 107-year-old World War II veteran, Hill replied, to laughter, “He's 107? Then, I'd better move [my birthday] up a little bit." 

Overton, who served in the Army, said, "There's too much to tell. You can't tell it all," when asked about the memories that stood out throughout his life.

Hill, a Navy veteran, offered this advice for young people: "Be a good citizen, wherever you be, whether it's in the Navy, Army, or just a patron at the house."

It was a meeting in Central Texas of two members of The Greatest Generation.


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