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America's Oldest Veteran Richard Overton Celebrates 110th Birthday

Overton's tips for longevity include a steady diet of fried catfish and butter pecan ice cream

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    America's Oldest Veteran Richard Overton Celebrates 110th Birthday
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    Richard Overton relaxes in his home after being presented with the Philips Lifeline with AutoAlert service on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Overton served for the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

    A man believed to be America's oldest veteran is celebrating his 110th birthday on Wednesday. 

    "I feel good. A little old, but I'm getting around like everybody else," Richard Overton of Austin, Texas, told NBC News on Wednesday.

    Overton was born May 11, 1906, making him the oldest living World War II veteran after an 110-year-old Louisiana vet died last week. He fought in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in World War II, and served as a corporal in Hawaii, Guam and Iwo Jima.

    His tips for longevity include chain-smokes cigars, a splash of whiskey in his morning coffee, and a steady diet of fried catfish and butter pecan ice cream, he told TODAY two years ago.