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WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday in New Orleans

3 years 2 weeks 4 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 September 12, 2019 4:35 PM September 12, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: The New Orleans Advocate
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man considered to be the nation's oldest living World War II veteran was serenaded and showered with kisses during a celebration of his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Lawrence Brooks was born Sept. 12, 1909, and served in the predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines. He was a servant to three white officers and his daily routine included cleaning their sheets and uniforms and shining their shoes.
Brooks attained the rank of Private 1st Class during the war.
Museum President and CEO Stephen Watson said Brooks is the nation's oldest living WWII veteran. Watson was among the speakers at Brooks' birthday celebration Thursday, which included a serenade of "Happy Birthday" by the museum's singing trio, the Victory Belles.

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