110-year-old African-American makes history as the oldest US Word War II veteran alive

110-year-old African-American makes history as the oldest US Word War II veteran alive

- Lawrence Brooks turned 110 on September 12, 2019, making him the oldest US WWII veteran alive

- During the war, Brooks was stationed in New Guinea and other places as part of the 91st Engineer Battalions

- Lawrence Brooks was born on September 12, 1909

New Orleans native, Lawrence Brooks, turned 110 on September 12, 2019, making him the oldest known U.S. World War II veteran alive.

Lawrence Brooks was born on September 12, 1909 and marked his birthday on Thursday, September 12, 2019, with family and friends gathering at the National World War Museum in New Orleans to celebrate him.

Veterans and the immediate military service at the museum assembled to cut cakes along with performances in a small birthday ceremony in honour of Lawrence Brooks.

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A report by CBS2 notes that Brooks served outside the US from 1941 to 1945 with the African-American 91st Engineer Battalion in places like Australia and New Guinea.

He was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war and worked as a servant to three white officers.

110-year-old African-American makes history as oldest US Word War II veteran alive

Brooks celebrates his birthday. Photo credit: Military Times
Source: UGC

According to Face2faceafrica.com, Brooks returned home and worked as a forklift operator owning to the challenge of the Jim Crow South and eventually retired at the age of 70.

He lost his wife and almost everything he had to Hurricane Katrina in 2016.

Face2faceafrica.com reports that Brooks has five children, thirteen grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Brook’s daughter disclosed in an interview with CBS that her father still goes on his ''knees at night and prays.''

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