每天抽12支雪茄 107美国岁老兵谈长寿

A man believed to be America’s oldest veteran is celebrating his 110th birthday on Wednesday.

Richard Overton, of Austin, Texas, fought in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in World War II, and served as a corporal in Hawaii, Guam and Iwo Jima.

He was born May 11, 1906, making him the oldest living World War II veteran after an 110-year-old Louisiana vet died last week. But age isn’t slowing him down.

“I feel good. A little old, but I’m getting around like everybody else,” Overton told NBC News on Wednesday by phone from the same Austin house he’s lived in since he returned from the war. He paid $4,000 for it.

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  在退伍军人节受到奥巴马总统特别表扬的107岁老兵欧佛顿 (Richard Overton),是历来最年长的健在退伍军人。提到他的长寿秘诀,有些不特别令人恭维:除了阿斯匹灵绝不吃药,每天抽12支雪茄,早上喝咖啡,还要喝威士忌烈酒,但真正的秘诀可能是勤做家事,不惹麻烦。

  欧佛顿早年在陆军服役,第二次世界大战期间在夏威夷担任勤务,并曾在关岛、帛琉、硫磺岛参加战役,现住德州奥斯汀市。

  虽然抽雪茄被视为一种“罪恶”,但由于这是他的喜好,因此在阿灵顿国家公墓的纪念退伍军人节仪式上,除了受到在座人士全体起立鼓掌致敬,他得到的礼物正是一盒雪茄。

  这位老兵告诉家乡媒体:“我总是忙著在庭院中做事,不惹麻烦。我修剪树木,照顾马匹,车道脏了,我就打扫,总是让自己动起来。我不看电视。”

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