112-Year-Old WWII Veteran Drank Whiskey And Ate Ice Cream Every Single Day

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From Delish

Richard Overton was the oldest World War II veteran (and quite possibly to be the oldest man in the U.S.) died on Thursday night in Austin, Texas, his hometown. He was 112.

Overton, who survived Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima, became quite famous in his late years. Not only for his service, but for his unconventional—and well, fun—approach to living.

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For starters, he ate ice cream every day. “I eat butter pecan. If you want to buy any, you better buy butter pecan,” he said in a documentary about himself. He also smoked 12 cigars a day and liked to spike his coffee with whiskey. “When you put that whiskey in there, it makes your muscles get warm,” he told the TODAY show.

Though his lifestyle would never be endorse by the American Medical Association, he was clearly doing something right. What other 109-year old can you name that has renewed his license (to drive his old Fork pickup truck) at the ripe age of 109?

Texas Governor Greg Abbot called him “an American icon and Texas legend,” and we couldn't agree more.

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