In this season of counting blessings, Americans can be grateful for patriots like Richard Overton, who before his death on Thursday at 112 was the country’s oldest man and oldest war veteran. Residents of Austin, Texas are also expressing gratitude for a man who was perhaps their community’s greatest neighbor.

In 2013, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Overton’s U.S. Army service in the South Pacific during World War II:



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