Richard Overton (in photo above) survived Pearl Harbor, fought at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, has lived to be 107 years old — and on Monday earned a standing ovation led by the commander in chief, President Obama.
"This is the life of one American veteran — living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free," Obama told an appreciative crowd during a Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Overton, a Texan who had met Obama earlier in the day at a White House breakfast, said during a brief telephone interview that he was honored by the attention.
"It went all right," Overton said. "I hope he keeps on talking some good words about me."
As Americans across the nation paid tribute to veterans, Obama said "we will never forget" those who fought, bled and died for their country, even as the nation moves past wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"As commander in chief, I'm going to keep making sure we're providing unprecedented support to our veterans," Obama said.
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