America's oldest living WWII veteran just turned 112 — and he smokes 12 cigars a day

  • America's oldest World War II veteran, and the oldest man in America, turned 112 years old on Friday.
  • Richard Overton is an Army veteran who served in the South Pacific, including Guam and Iwo Jima. 
  • Overton still smokes 12 cigars, drinks multiple cups of coffee and even whiskey and coke every day. 

He smokes cigars, drinks coffee, whiskey, and even Dr. Pepper — and he just turned 112 years old. 

Richard Overton, America's oldest World War II veteran, as well as the oldest man in America, turned 112 years old on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. 

Born in Austin, Texas, in 1906, Overton is an Army veteran who served in the South Pacific from 1940-1945, including Guam and Iwo Jima, according to USA Today. 

After his discharge, he sold furniture in Austin, and later worked in the state Treasurer's Office.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 8: Mr. Richard Overton, 112-years-old, the 3rd oldest man on the planet, the oldest male in the United States, and the oldest military veteran, visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture - NMAAHC - on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Overton, who wants it to be known that he is also recognized as the country's oldest cigar smoker, was granted his dream of visiting the museum in advance of his upcoming birthday. Born on May 11, 1906, in St. Mary's Colony, Bastrop County, Texas, Overton is the grandson of a Tennessee slave who moved to Texas upon emancipation. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 8: Mr. Richard Overton, 112-years-old, the 3rd oldest man on the planet, the oldest male in the United States, and the oldest military veteran, visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture - NMAAHC - on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Overton, who wants it to be known that he is also recognized as the country's oldest cigar smoker, was granted his dream of visiting the museum in advance of his upcoming birthday. Born on May 11, 1906, in St. Mary's Colony, Bastrop County, Texas, Overton is the grandson of a Tennessee slave who moved to Texas upon emancipation. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 8: Mr. Richard Overton, 112-years-old, the 3rd oldest man on the planet, the oldest male in the United States, and the oldest military veteran, is gifted with a birthday cake as he visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture - NMAAHC - on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Overton, who wants it to be known that he is also recognized as the country's oldest cigar smoker, was granted his dream of visiting the museum in advance of his upcoming birthday. Born on May 11, 1906, in St. Mary's Colony, Bastrop County, Texas, Overton is the grandson of a Tennessee slave who moved to Texas upon emancipation. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 8: Mr. Richard Overton, 112-years-old, the 3rd oldest man on the planet, the oldest male in the United States, and the oldest military veteran, visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture - NMAAHC - on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Overton is being assisted by family friend Martin Wilford, L, and his 3rd cousin Volma Overton, pushing chair. Overton, who wants it to be known that he is also recognized as the country's oldest cigar smoker, was granted his dream of visiting the museum in advance of his upcoming birthday. Born on May 11, 1906, in St. Mary's Colony, Bastrop County, Texas, Overton is the grandson of a Tennessee slave who moved to Texas upon emancipation. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 8: Mr. Richard Overton, 112-years-old, the 3rd oldest man on the planet, the oldest male in the United States, and the oldest military veteran, visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture - NMAAHC - on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Overton, who wants it to be known that he is also recognized as the country's oldest cigar smoker, was granted his dream of visiting the museum in advance of his upcoming birthday. Born on May 11, 1906, in St. Mary's Colony, Bastrop County, Texas, Overton is the grandson of a Tennessee slave who moved to Texas upon emancipation. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 8: Mr. Richard Overton, 112-years-old, the 3rd oldest man on the planet, the oldest male in the United States, and the oldest military veteran, visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture - NMAAHC - on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Overton, who wants it to be known that he is also recognized as the country's oldest cigar smoker, was granted his dream of visiting the museum in advance of his upcoming birthday. Born on May 11, 1906, in St. Mary's Colony, Bastrop County, Texas, Overton is the grandson of a Tennessee slave who moved to Texas upon emancipation. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 8: Mr. Richard Overton, 112-years-old, the 3rd oldest man on the planet, the oldest male in the United States, and the oldest military veteran, visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture - NMAAHC - on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Overton, who wants it to be known that he is also recognized as the country's oldest cigar smoker, was granted his dream of visiting the museum in advance of his upcoming birthday. Born on May 11, 1906, in St. Mary's Colony, Bastrop County, Texas, Overton is the grandson of a Tennessee slave who moved to Texas upon emancipation. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Richard Overton, 107, the oldest living veteran of World War II, receives a standing ovation after U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to him during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington November 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY MILITARY)
107-year old Richard Overton (L), sits with fellow centenarian and World War II veteran Elmer Hill as they met for the first time at the Emeritus at Parmer Woods Senior Living Center in Austin, Texas, on December 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jan Herskovitz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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"I feel fine every day," Overton said on Thursday, according to the KSN, the local NBC affiliate. "No pain and no aches."

Every day, he smokes 12 Tampa Sweet cigars, drinks multiple cups of coffee and Dr. Pepper, the Dallas Morning News reported. He also eats waffles, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, ice cream, peach cobbler, and other sweet foods. 

He even drinks whiskey and coke. 

"I may drink a little in the evening too with some soda water, but that's it," Overton previously told Fox News. "Whiskey's a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender."

In 2017, Overton's family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his in-home care, which has raised more than $234,000.

When comedian Steve Harvey asked Overton in 2012 how he has lived so long, Overton said: "Just keep living, don’t die."

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