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Texan Richard Overton, the world’s oldest WWII veteran, turns 111

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Texan Richard Overton, the world's oldest WWII veteran, turns 111Matt_Gibson/iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Tex.) -- Happy Birthday, Richard Overton!

The Austin, Texas, resident -- the world's oldest living World War II veteran -- reached another milestone on Thursday: He turned 111 years old.

Overton served in the Pacific Theater with the Army's all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion from 1942 to 1945.

A birthday lunch was held for Overton -- attended by Austin mayor Steve Adler -- at the University of Texas Club in Austin, ABC affiliate KVUE reported.

Signs and photos to honor Mr. Overton's 111th birthday! @KVUE pic.twitter.com/Vr7TDoIfTW

— Christy Millweard (@ChristyM_KVUE) May 11, 2017

Proclamation from @MayorAdler for Overton @KVUE pic.twitter.com/1KTXHhkyl4

— Christy Millweard (@ChristyM_KVUE) May 11, 2017

"Celebrating Richard Overton's 111th birthday is a chance to celebrate what is best about our country and our community," Adler tweeted. "Happy birthday!"

Celebrating Richard Overton's 111th birthday is a chance to celebrate what is best about our country and our community. Happy birthday! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/TlfmGqhDBG

— Mayor Adler (@MayorAdler) May 11, 2017

At the birthday lunch, catfish was served, and a birthday cake which read "Happy 111th Birthday Pop!" was presented. Overton also received many gifts, including an autographed University of Texas football.

Happy 111th Birthday Richard Overton!! @KVUE pic.twitter.com/j21VQxKiyV

— Christy Millweard (@ChristyM_KVUE) May 11, 2017

Group sings "Happy Birthday" to Overton @KVUE pic.twitter.com/5syTyylaMG

— Christy Millweard (@ChristyM_KVUE) May 11, 2017

As ABC News reported in January, there was a possibility that Overton would be forced to leave his home for an assisted living facility. That prompted Volma Overton Jr., the veteran's third cousin, to start a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for around-the-clock in-home care. Enough money was raised to keep Overton in his home.

That's why today I am declaring today, May 11, 2017, as Richard Overton Day in Austin, Texas.

— Mayor Adler (@MayorAdler) May 11, 2017

“We all knew that if you move Richard out of his home, he’d die," Overton Jr said at the time. "That home is everything for him."


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