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Oldest American vet credits whiskey, cigars for long life

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AUSTIN, TX (NBC) -

When 110-year-old Frank Levingston died earlier this month, Richard Overton from Austin, Texas, became America’s oldest veteran at 109.

Overton turned 110 on May 11, but that’s not stopping him from enjoying life.

"He's just the coolest neighbor on the planet. He's so much fun; he always has the best stories," Richard's neighbor Helen Elliott said.

The World War II veteran has lived in the same home since he returned home from the war.

"I feel good. A little old, but I'm getting around like everybody else," Overton said.

His tips for living a long life include chain-smoking cigars, a splash of whiskey in his morning coffee, and a steady diet of fried catfish and butter pecan ice cream.

"I mean, you put that whiskey in there, it makes your muscles get warm," he said.

Since the war, he’s outlived two wives and got the opportunity to eat breakfast with President Barack Obama at the White House for his 107th birthday.

For his 110th birthday, Overton planned to rest and entertain guests--he is expecting a big crowd.

"I'll let them look at me and shake my hand. I imagine there will be quite a few," he said.

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