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Two of the oldest living military veterans in the country are here in Austin today.Both are 107 years old but the two had never met until today. Fox's Rudy Koski joins us now with their storyThe two men share a common past, in war, and in a life growing up in Texas. But today was the first time their paths have ever crossed.

Elmer Hill: " Oh how is everybody doing, we're doing great."

 Richard Overton and Elmer Hill gave each other a warm embraced - as they greeted each other on this cold and wet Austin day.

Elmer Hill: "Yeah boy .... How is everything working out?"

Richard Overton: "I'm fine. Good enough...."

Both men are 107 years old. Organizers with honor flight Austin set the table for this long awaited introduction.

Elmer Hill:" How ya been doing, all right? Yes."

They served during WWII and fought in the Pacific Theater. Overton was in the army.  Hill was a navy man.

Elmer Hill: "I'm not that old I've just been here a long time ..hahahaha."

As they sat together there was little talk about war-but a small skirmish did pop up regarding age.

Elmer Hill: "this is the young man that they were talking about? Now he is a few months older than you. Is he? Just a few. He is a 107? Yes. I'd better move mine up a little bit."

They also talked about how strange it is their paths never crossed despite living in towns a few hours apart.

Richard Overton: "Glad to meet him, I've heard talk of him but was never in his part of the country he'd been in mine part of the country but we didn't meet there we didn't know each other."

Hill actually,at one time, briefly lived in Austin- he attended Houston Tolliston College ,but now resides in an East Texas retirement home.

Elmer Hill: "I'm glad to be able to be anywhere."

Overton, has always been in Austin. He worked at the state capitol in the mail room.

Rudy :"This unexpected holiday meeting was made possible because an employee who works for the company that runs this retirement community. She saw a recent trip that Mr. Overton took and it's a trip M. Hill is going to take because of an unexpected fund raising project."

This presidential Veterans Day visit for Mr. Overton got things moving.The sale of these pins, by employees with the lower Colorado River Authority, is paying for hill's honor flight trip to Washington D.C.  He's scheduled to be at the White House Monday morning and a possible chance to meet the President.

 Elmer Hill "Well ... all right that will be nice, hahaha I didn't know all that was in the plan."

A plan, sealed with a handshake, and a new friendship that time and even war could not stop.Organizers with honor flight Austin are planning a Monday night home coming at Abia for Mr. Hill.


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