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Our Veterans' Legacies

We are a non-political site that is dedicated to preserving and sharing the individual legacy of each veteran and their story. We encourage you to join our project and to share your history. It's easy and it's free! If you are a history enthusiast we encourage you to use our search tool to find what you are looking for.


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THE MIGHTY ENDEAVOR

Saving the History of Those Who Saved the World


The Mighty Endeavor is an initiative of Veterans’ Legacies, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to provide an online resource for students, educators and the general public. Veterans' Legacies is dedicated to the collection of veterans’ stories in order to preserve and share them for generations to come. The Mighty Endeavor is a collaborative effort to collect, preserve, and share the stories of those who served during World War II. The project will call upon individuals and groups to interview, research, and gather details of the men and women of the Greatest Generation.

WHY NOW?

It is estimated that we are losing more than 350 WWII veterans every day, and in just a few years, the oldest living veterans will have passed.

With the number of WWII veterans fast diminishing, Veterans’ Legacies has launched “The Mighty Endeavor” to collect stories of these veterans before they are all gone. In the case of our WWII history, the biographies, images and video clips are gathered from relatives or closed friends of veterans who have passed.

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Veterans’ Legacies is a place to share, explore, and learn about the men and women who have served selflessly to support our military and our American way of life. Here, we honor and celebrate their legacies and give voice to past and current generations of Americans so that future generations can learn and reflect.

I encourage you to add your story, or the story of a veteran you know. Explore this database full of rich history, stories of valor, victory, and heartbreak. Join me in honoring those who have served, continue to serve, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Coast Guard's Only MOH Recipient

Richard was a Corporal during World War II and served with the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion. He is a super-centenarian and is America’s oldest living combat veteran and oldest living American.

He was born in Bastrop County, Texas on May 11, 1906. He gave up his opportunity to attend college to enlist in the Army during WWII and served in the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1945. He was a part of the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion, fighting in places like Iwo Jima, Guam, Hawaii, and Okinawa. Richard worked as base security, a Jeep driver for a Lieutenant, and burial detail.

He says he did see his share of enemy fire, but “didn’t get a scratch.” While he’s not physically hurt, he is burdened by some of the memories of the war, recalling that he had to do things he did not want to do. After his service, he came home to a country still divided by race, and faced much discrimination, hardly gaining the respect he deserved as a veteran. Nonetheless, he held his head high and carried on with honor, never losing his sense of humor or optimism about life. He worked at local furniture stores, and later worked with the Texas Department of the Treasury in Austin. Though he retired at age 65, his employer kept pushing him to come back and was hired four more times, until he finally quit when he was near 100 years old.

In an interview with NBC, he said, “I feel good. A little old, but I’m getting around like everybody else.” Richard claims that there is no secret to longevity, but does have a rather unusual routine: he spikes his morning coffee with whiskey. He keeps active by trimming the trees, cleaning driveways, and helping with the horses. Above all else, he never thinks about death, and only focuses on living.

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Richard Overton
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