One of nation's oldest veterans honored on 111th birthday

World War II veteran Richard Overton (right) just celebrated his 111th birthday. Overton is seen here in this 2015 photo at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. With him is New Mexico native and Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Leroy Petry. (PHOTO COURTESY: DVIDS)

One of the nation's oldest veterans has been celebrated by his Texas hometown on his 111th birthday.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared Thursday Richard Overton Day in the city and also gave the street he has lived on for the past 45 years the honorary name of Richard Overton Avenue.

While Overton concedes that 111 is "pretty old," he tells KVUE-TV he still feels good. Overton mentioned that the secret to a long life is smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, two things he continues to indulge in today.

Overton was already in his 30s when he volunteered and served in the Army. He was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack.

In 2013, he was honored by President Barack Obama at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

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