Oldest WW II vet in US attends ceremony in Memphis - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Oldest WW II vet in US attends ceremony in Memphis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The nation's oldest World War II veteran is making a visit to Memphis, Tennessee.

Robert Overton is 111 years old. He enlisted in the Army in 1940, and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor a year later.

Overton also happens to be a great-grandson of one of the founders of Memphis, which is part of the reason for his visit.

When he arrived in town Friday, he was met with great fanfare -- including a water cannon salute and an escort to his hotel.

As for Overton's secret to living a long life?

He says you just have to keep moving.

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