America’s oldest living World War Two veteran celebrated his 111th birthday over the weekend.
Lawrence Brooks, who served in the predominantly-Black 91st Engineer Battalion during the war, was honored with a socially- distanced celebration at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, where Brooks lives. There was treated to a military flyover and a performance of “Happy Birthday” by the museum’s vocal trio The Victory Belle.
The museum says Brooks received 10,000 birthday cards from people in all 50 states. He told reporters that the secret to living a long life “is simple. Serve God and be nice to people.” (Fox News)
- Brooks served in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war.
- His wife passed away in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina.
- Brooks has five children, five stepchildren, 12 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.