Richard Overton is America’s oldest living World War II veteran. He’s also a total badass.
While celebrating his 111th birthday on May 11, Overton revealed the secret to his long life to a local ABC News affiliate KVUE: cigars and whiskey, every day:
"It's just so amazing to be able to look at him, all this knowledge that he has in his mind just so much history," said [cousin Shimanda] Piper. "He doesn't take any medicine, it's amazing."
"How many cigars have you had this morning?" a friend asked Overton.
"About 3 or 4, y'all have been holding me down," said Overton. "I always drink a little bit, it's kept me alive, I've been living so long."
After enlisting in the Army at Fort Sam Houston in 1940, Overton survived the 1941 Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that vaulted the U.S. into World War II. He made stops all across the Pacific theater before leaving the Army as a corporal in 1945.
On Thursday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared “Richard Overton Day” to honor the longtime Texas resident, who still drives his late-1970s Ford pick-up through town like it’s no big deal.
“I feel good going on driving,” Overton — then the spry age of 110 — told National Geographic in February. “I like to drive myself, ‘cause other drivers, they drive crazy.”
God bless you, Mr. Overton. If there was ever a patron saint of badassery, it’s you.
Watch the February NatGeo documentary on Overton below:
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.