Warm welcome home for oldest WWII vet

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by KVUE News

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- There was a big welcome Wednesday for the nation's oldest World War II veteran.

Richard Overton is 107. He served as a private first class when he first arrived at Pearl Harbor, just weeks after the attack that pulled the U.S. into war. He later served in both Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

On Monday President Obama recognized Overton's service at the White House and at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

At the Palmer Events Center on Wednesday, Overton shared a secret to his longevity: whiskey in his coffee.

Overton will turn 108 in May.

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