“Richard Overton died at age 112 after a recent hospitalization for pneumonia, multiple outlets have confirmed.
“Overton was released on Christmas Eve after it became clear that he wasn’t going to beat the illness, according to the Associated Press. He died at a rehab facility in Austin, Texas.
““They had done all they could,” Shirley Overton, who was married to the veteran’s cousin and longtime caretaker, told the AP.
“CNN reports that Overton began volunteering for the Army in 1942 and became a member of the all-black 188th Aviation Engineer Battalion, serving on several islands across the Pacific Ocean.
“In 2013, President Barack Obama honored Overton at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.”
Read more at People