2 Texas veterans, both 107, to meet for first time

  • Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 9:39 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ó Two 107-year-old veterans are set to meet for the first time and swap stories of fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

Austin resident Richard Overton was recently honored by President Barack Obama in Washington as one of the nationís oldest veterans. But heís just three months older than Elmer Hill of Henderson, Texas.


Overton and Hill plan to have lunch together Friday then meet with residents and staff of a senior living community in Austin.

Overton and Hill are both African-Americans who were drafted into a then-segregated U.S. Army.

According to the eventís organizer, Emeritus Senior Living, Overton is Americaís oldest living veteran and Hill is the second-oldest. While thatís difficult to verify, no one disputes that both are among the oldest known veterans in the nation.

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