Oldest surviving American WWII veteran, 110, served in PH

/ 11:57 PM September 16, 2019

Lawrence Brooks, 110, is the oldest surviving veteran of WWII. He served in the Philippines and New Guinea.

NEW ORLEANS — Lawrence Brooks, is believed to be the oldest living American to have served during World War II, celebrated his 110th birthday Thursday, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Family, veterans, and current military service members joined at the museum, where the celebrated with cupcakes and a musical performance by the Victory Belles trio, according to Fox 5 News.


Born in 1909, Brooks served as a support worker in the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion, a majority African-American unit stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war. He reached the rank of private first class. The supercentenarian is a father to five children and five step-children.


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