Lawrence Brooks, America’s oldest surviving WWII veteran, celebrates 112th birthday

Lawrence Brooks Celebrating his birthday for an incredible 112th time.

Wearing a St. Orleans jersey in New Orleans, the oldest veteran of World War II was honored with a drive-by celebration at his home in New Orleans on Sunday (September 12).

The WDSU reported that Brooks waved to the small crowd that had gathered during his special day. He told the news station that he advised others to “serve God and be kind to people.”

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Brooks was born on September 12, 1909, and served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945, mainly as part of the Black 91st Engineer Battalion. He was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines and was promoted to personal first class during the war.

Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards Congratulations to Brooks for his latest milestone and thank him for his service.

Vanessa BrooksLawrence’s daughter told NOLA.com that her father is blind in her right eye and her eyesight is failing in her left, but her hearing is great and she has never suffered from any major disease except low blood pressure and dehydration.

In his celebration, Brooks was celebrated with a song from the New Orleans vocal trio, the National WWII Museum in Victory Bayliss.

After serving in the war, Brooks returned to the country where he worked as a forklift operator. He was married and had five children, who in turn had 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

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