Oldest US veteran of WWII celebrates his 112th birthday

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man who’s the oldest dwelling World Conflict II veteran in the USA has marked his 112th birthday.

Lawrence Brooks celebrated Sunday with a drive-by occasion at his New Orleans house hosted by the Nationwide World Conflict II Museum, The Occasions-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. He additionally obtained greetings from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who tweeted, “Mr. Brooks, your complete state of Louisiana thanks you on your service and all of us want you a joyous birthday.”

The museum has beforehand hosted events for Brooks, though the coronavirus pandemic has triggered these occasions to shift to drive-by celebrations for the previous two years.

This yr’s festivities included a Jeep parade, a reside efficiency from the museum vocal trio and leisure from New Orleans musicians. Town additionally acknowledged Brooks’ birthday with an official proclamation.

Born in Norwood, Louisiana, in 1909, Brooks has lived in New Orleans since 1929. Drafted in 1940, he was a non-public within the Military’s largely Black 91st Engineer Battalion, a unit that was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines and constructed infrastructure similar to bridges, roads and airstrips.

In an oral historical past about his service posted on YouTube, Brooks additionally described how he was delivering a load of barbed wire to the entrance when one of many engines of the C-47 he was touring in went out.

After they dumped the barbed wire to preserve weight, he made his solution to the cockpit. He instructed the pilot and co-pilot that since they have been the one two with parachutes, in the event that they needed to leap for it, he was going to seize on to certainly one of them.

“We made it although,” he stated laughing. “We had a giant snicker about that.”

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