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President Obama honors 107-year-old WWII veteran who credits long life to whiskey, cigars

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On Veterans Day in the nation’s capital, President Barack Obama paid tribute to a 107-year-old World War II veteran Richard Overton, who attributes his long life to “a tablespoon” of whiskey in his coffee every morning and smoking a dozen cigars a day. Overton of East Austin, Texas, is believed to be the oldest American veteran of World War II.

An Army veteran, Overton was born on May 11, 1906, and served in the South Pacific from 1942 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima.