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.
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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Author: The Black Detour Team