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    by coldwarrior ( 30 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread, World War II at December 27th, 2018 - 11:21 pm

    An open, and a passing

    RIP, Richard Overton

    Richard Overton, once the nation’s oldest living World War II veteran, died Thursday at the age of 112. The Texas native passed away from complications with pneumonia, which landed him in the hospital earlier this month, said his family.

    Overton was born in Bastrop County, Tex., on May 11, 1906, and jointed the military in 1940 — more than a year before the Pearl Harbor bombing — at Fort Sam Houston Base, reported TV station WHAM.

    He served in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, which included assignments in Hawaii, Iwo Jima, Guam and Palau. He left the Army in October 1945, after the end of World War II.
    After completing his service, Overton worked at several furniture stores before accepting a position at the Texas Department of Treasury in Austin.

    Even in his advanced age, he often could be found in Austin drinking whisky and smoking a cigar, Statesman reported.

    His cousin Volma Overton Jr. recalled how it resembled Christmas in 2017 while celebrating his 111th birthday. Well-wishers lined up to take a photo with the birthday boy and offered gifts.

    “It looks like everybody’s getting ready to take a picture with Santa Claus — and he never turns anyone down,” said Volma Overton Jr. last year. “He’s an open person to everybody, and he wanted everyone who was in town who wanted to come by to come by.”

    Even more amazing, Overton reportedly drove until he was 107. It was about that time me met then-President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden while attending the Veterans Day Breakfast at the White House.

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    30 Responses to “An Open and a Passing”
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    1. 1 | December 27, 2018 11:42 pm

      God willing, we’ll finish the move this weekend. New Furniture is in. TV and internet are hooked up. Truck is reserved. Friends on call.


    2. yenta-fada
      2 | December 28, 2018 12:16 am

      This Art work is too amazing not to post again.

      https://twitter.com/XStrategiesDC


    3. yenta-fada
      3 | December 28, 2018 12:24 am

      Disguised as Solidarity, muzz soft jihadists normalize the 7th century.

      https://www.infowars.com/world-hijab-day-encourages-all-women-to-wear-veil-in-solidarity-with-muslims/

      NOTHING that muzz do is worth imitating.


    4. 4 | December 28, 2018 12:46 am

      Can’t comment on the previous thread. Dang. I can’t tell Possum what I really think even though he knows it already.


    5. 5 | December 28, 2018 12:49 am

      @ right_wing2:
      No mention of beer and cake. You’re so screwed.


    6. 6 | December 28, 2018 12:54 am

      Traffic was really light today. Waze sent me towards LA then said, “LOL. Turn around and start over.”
      Sometimes Waze can be a real asshole.


    7. AZfederalist
      7 | December 28, 2018 1:04 am

      RIP Richard Overton. He was an inspiration.


    8. 8 | December 28, 2018 1:04 am

      I’m not a Will Farrell fan, but now I’m a Will Farrell fan.

      https://deadline.com/2018/12/will-ferrell-anchorman-the-legend-of-ron-burgundy-podcast-don-lemon-1202513378/


    9. 9 | December 28, 2018 1:17 am

      @ yenta-fada:
      Very clever, but I would have done it with double-barrel Carter carburetors and turned the image into a Chrysler 440.


    10. 10 | December 28, 2018 1:23 am

      https://youtu.be/hz5lixjNYXM


    11. 11 | December 28, 2018 5:18 am

      @ Bunk X:
      We can supply beer. Cake would have to wait until Mrs RW can bake.


    12. yenta-fada
    13. yenta-fada
      13 | December 28, 2018 7:56 am

      Bunk X wrote:

      https://youtu.be/hz5lixjNYXM

      Those animals show a dignity one rarely encounters in our leaders.
      FUN clip.


    14. coldwarrior
      14 | December 28, 2018 11:25 am

      Ahhhh….home.

      A nice tequila and an ave Maria cigar…thx AJ Fernandez…then a nap.

      I’m following Overtons path. 😆


    15. 15 | December 28, 2018 1:24 pm

      coldwarrior wrote:

      Ahhhh….home.

      A nice tequila and an ave Maria cigar…thx AJ Fernandez…then a nap.

      I’m following Overtons path.

      It only worked for 109 years for him…


    16. coldwarrior
      16 | December 28, 2018 5:36 pm

      60f outside…good evening for a fire and some deck sitting


    17. rain of lead
      17 | December 28, 2018 5:58 pm

      hey y’all
      home from a brutal couple of days at work, sooo glad I’m off tomorrow

      jam time

      Eric Clapton Layla Original

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WUdlaLWSVM


    18. eaglesoars
      19 | December 28, 2018 7:19 pm

      coldwarrior wrote:

      60f outside…good evening for a fire and some deck sitting

      We’re building an ark

      stumbled on a GREAT twitter thread. I don’t know these people but look what they’re up to

      Last night we caught the Trans-Mongolian railway from Moscow to Beijing

      The pics are very cool, too.

      https://twitter.com/katieglassST/status/1077123649973424128

      looks fabulous


    19. 20 | December 28, 2018 11:03 pm

      Can you name the former first ladies in this picture?

      https://twitter.com/QTAnon1/status/1078774177409028096


    20. lobo91
      21 | December 29, 2018 12:59 am

      In case anyone still harbors the mistaken belief that there’s something known as “free speech” today:

      Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech

      Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users. But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.


    21. 22 | December 29, 2018 2:21 am

      @ yenta-fada:
      Clever, easy to do, but that’s about it. The US is all about guns. Yeah, right.


    22. 23 | December 29, 2018 2:26 am

      @ doriangrey:
      Yes.


    23. 24 | December 29, 2018 2:30 am

      https://youtu.be/cxNw1WAEvTE


    24. 25 | December 29, 2018 2:48 am

      @ right_wing2:
      I see you’ve never been to #TwitterGulag. Best beer and cake I’ve ever had.


    25. Possum
      26 | December 29, 2018 3:16 am

      No way Bonk is going to do the side bar thing here…..


    26. 27 | December 29, 2018 5:28 am

      @ Bunk X:
      Mrs RW’s carrot cake is about the best I’ve had. Her recipe is from a friend’s late fiancé. She was incredible. He’d take one of her cakes to work and people would swarm him.


    27. eaglesoars
      28 | December 29, 2018 9:22 am

      @ right_wing2:

      so, um, would she be willing to share the recipe?

      A poster over at zip’s posted this (‘Feet2fire’ I believe). I never knew it existed and I’m just now exploring but it looks like fun. It’s the archive of everything!

      archive.org

      You have to register/verify but it’s free.


    28. eaglesoars
      29 | December 29, 2018 9:32 am

      The Trudeau gov’t is funneling $20 mil of its taxpayers’ money to the Clinton foundation to help it support abortion

      https://debatepost.com/2017/07/12/trudeau-government-announces-241-5-million-donation-to-the-clinton-foundation/


    29. coldwarrior
      30 | December 29, 2018 10:44 am

      new thread yinz.


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