Oldest living World War II veteran Richard Overton gets special gift

The oldest living World War II veteran, Richard Overton, received a very special gift today. Houston-area artist Ken Pridgeon specializes in painting fallen soldiers but he made an exception for Overton.

Pridgeon, who is an 81-year-old Korean War veteran, traveled to Overton's house in East Austin to present the artwork to Overton in person.

"It's an amazing feeling just being an old sign painter, painting our fallen heroes and given this honor to actually meet a 110-year-old human being," Pridgeon says.

The art features Overton as he appears today at 110-years-old with a likeness of how looked when he joined the service.

Overton said, "Lovely ain't it. It's beautiful. I've got put it on the wall."

Pridgeon has painted 300 fallen soldiers. 


Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent


FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):

Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories