(USATODAY) — Richard Overton survived Pearl Harbor, fought at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, has lived to be 107 years old — and on Monday earned a standing ovation led by the commander in chief, President Obama.

“This is the life of one American veteran — living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free,” Obama told an appreciative crowd during a Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Overton, who had met Obama earlier in the day at a White House breakfast, said during a brief telephone interview that he was honored by the attention.

“It went all right,” Overton said. “I hope he keeps on talking some good words about me.”

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