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Mon., Nov. 11, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

Obama Honors Oldest WWII Vet, 107

Richard Overton, the oldest living WWII veteran, center, bows his head during a Veterans Day ceremony attended by President Barack Obama, this morning at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The president paid tribute to those who have served in the nation's military, including one of the nation's oldest veterans, the 107-year-old Overton of East Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Richard Overton survived Pearl Harbor, fought at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, has lived to be 107 years old -- and on Monday earned a standing ovation led by the commander-in-chief, President Obama. "This is the life of one American veteran -- living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free," Obama told an appreciative crowd during a Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Overton, who had met Obama earlier in the day at a White House breakfast, said during a brief telephone interview that he was honored by the attention. "It went alright," said Overton, who is believed to be the nation's oldest known veteran of World War II. "I hope he keeps on talking some good words about me"/David Jackson, USA Today. More here.

Question: Do you have a surviving World War II or Korean War veteran in your family?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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