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The man believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran has put out an appeal to raise money to live his final days in his home.
Richard Overton, 110, has lived in his Austin, Texas house since he returned from the war in 1945.
But the super-centenarian, who has outlived his closest relatives, is in need of a caregiver so he can spend his last days in the house he built himself, instead of living in a nursing home.
Richard Overton, believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran at 110 years old, is raising money to live his final days in his home
Overton said he built the house himself in 1945 after he returned from the war, but is now asking for funds to pay for a in-home caregiver instead of moving into an assisted living facility
Overton had previously lived with a friend who took care of him, but eventually the 90-year-old woman became in need of care herself, Richard's third cousin Volma Overton told CNBC.
Richard served as a sergeant in the US army during the second world war, and tried to obtain assistance from the Veteran Affairs as he aged, but his family said the agency was only able to provide a nurse for three hours or move him into a care home.
However, Richard's only close surviving relatives chose to honor his wishes as they said moving him out of his home will likely 'put him in the grave.'
After realizing an in-home caregiver can cost up to $480 per day, Volma created a GoFundMe page to raise money to give Richard the around-the-clock care he needs.
Still looking good: Overton volunteered for service in 1942 (left) and served in the South Pacific until 1945. Now 110 (right) he likes to sip whiskey and smoke cigars
Richard Overton and two of his cousins enjoying cigars on the porch of his Texas home in 2015
With the help of kind strangers and friends, the page smashed its $50,000 goal in its first two days, and now more than $88,000 have been raised after hiking the goal to $100,000.
The super-centernarian was honored at the Tomb of the Uknowns on Veterans Day in Arlington, Virginia in 2013 (pictured)
The World War II army sergeant will be under the care of Volma and another close friend until he reaches his target.
Richard, who was stunned to see nearly 2,000 people have donated for his welfare, said he plans to accept donations until he reaches enough funds to cover him for a year.
'That house has so much to do with his happiness, his joy and his love for humanity and everything else,' Overton told the news station.
'He just needs someone around him just in case he falls to pick him up and make sure he's not hurt.' he said.
Richard Overton has been honored by President Obama and was visited by Texas Governor Rick Perry on Memorial Day 2013.
The 110-year-old, who has been known to have an affinity for whiskey and cigars, was featured in Cigar Aficionado magazine in 2015, and has claimed tobacco 'and God' is his secret to a long life.