Lawrence Brooks is considered to be the oldest living American World War II veteran and he just celebrated his 110th birthday. He was honored with a party at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, as he has been for the last five years. He says he loves all the attention they give him there, especially from the Victory Belles vocal trio, who serenade him and shower him with kisses.
The Louisiana man was born on September 12th, 1909 and served in the Army from 1940 to 1945 with the predominantly African-American 91st Engineer Battalion. For 110, Brooks is in good health, he’s blind in his right eye and his vision is failing in his left, but his hearing is top notch and he’s never had heart problems, cancer, or any other major illnesses, according to his daughter, Vanessa Brooks.
“I’ve started to think about not having many birthdays left,” Brooks says. “But I’m not worried about it, because God has let me live this long already. I think it’s because I’ve always liked people so much. Oh yes, I do.”
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