Born on May 11, 1906, Richard Overton was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army. When he celebrated his 111th birthday on May 11th, his community renamed the street he’s lived on for seven decades as Richard Overton Avenue. Richard Arvin Overton, America’s oldest World War II veteran and the third-oldest man in the world, died Thursday December 27, 2018 afternoon from pneumonia. He was 112 years old. Richard Arvin Overton Biography and Profile.