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Oldest Living WWII Veteran and Louisiana Native Lawrence Brooks Turns 112-Year-Old

The oldest living World War II veteran recently turned 112-years-old. Veteran and Louisiana native Lawrence Brooks celebrated his 112th birthday about a week ago at his home as friends, family and residents gathered for a drive-by celebration hosted by the National World War II Museum. The museum usually hosts an annual party for Brooks, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the party was brought to his home the last two years according to NOLA.

The party included a live performance from the museum’s vocal trio, The Victory Belles, a Jeep parade and more entertainment from a collection of local New Orleans musicians. The City of New Orleans recognized Brooks’ birthday with an official proclamation.

Brooks grew up in Norwood and served in the Army between 1940 and 1945 with the predominately Black 91st Engineering Battalion, which was stationed during the in New Guinea and then the Philippines.

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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.