AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A public funeral is set for the nation’s oldest World War II veteran who died this week in Texas at the age of 112.
Richard Overton was also believed to have been the oldest man in the U.S.READ MORE: North Texas Nonprofit Brings Joy Of Scuba Diving To Veterans With Disabilities
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Allen Bergeron was a friend of Overton’s and the city’s veterans program administrator. He says the funeral will be Jan. 12 at an Austin church. Burial is planned in the Texas State Cemetery.
Overton served in the Army in the 1940s and his birthdays in recent years drew national attention. Former President Barack Obama honored Overton at a Veterans Day ceremony in 2013.MORE NEWS: North Texas City's Struggle To Hire Lifeguards For Summer Leads To Pool Closures
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