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Two 107-Year-Old Veterans to Meet in Austin

By WILL WEISSERT
|  Friday, Dec 13, 2013  |  Updated 7:22 AM CDT
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Two 107-Year-Old Veterans to Meet in Austin

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WWII veteran Richard Overton listens during a Veterans Day ceremony attended by President Barack Obama, commemorating Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The 107-year-old Overton of East Austin, Texas is the oldest living WWII veteran.

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Two 107-year-old veterans are set to meet for the first time and swap stories of fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

Austin resident Richard Overton was recently honored by President Barack Obama in Washington as one of the nation's oldest veterans. But he's just three months older than Elmer Hill of Henderson, Texas.

Overton and Hill plan to have lunch together Friday, then meet with residents and staff of a senior living community in Austin.

Both Overton and Hill are African-Americans who were drafted into a then-segregated U.S. Army.

According to the event's organizer, Emeritus Senior Living, Overton is America's oldest living veteran and Hill is second-oldest. While that's difficult to verify, no one disputes that both are among the oldest known veterans in the nation.

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