AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – The United States’ oldest living man and World War II veteran celebrated his 112th birthday on Friday.

Richard Overton lives in Austin and was born in Bastrop County in 1906.

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Richard Overton (CBS Newspath)

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Overton joined the U.S. military in 1940 and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

The secret to longevity? Overton once told comedian Steve Harvey: “Just keep living — don’t die.”

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He still enjoys the occasional cigar.