New Orleans-A Louisiana man, the oldest World War II veteran in the United States, celebrated his 112th birthday.
According to the Times-Picayoune/New Orleans Advocate Lawrence Brooks celebrated Sunday with a driving party, hosted by National World War II Museum at his New Orleans residence.
Brooks was born in Norwood in Louisiana in 1909, and has been living in New Orleans since 1929. He enlisted in the army in 1940 and was a soldier with the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion. This unit was stationed in New Guinea, the Philippines, and built infrastructure like roads and bridges.
Brooks’ oral history of his service, which is available on YouTube, also describes how he carried a large amount barbed wire to the front when his C-47 engine stalled.
He walked to his cockpit after they had removed the barbedwire to reduce their weight. He informed the pilot and copilot, that they were both the only people who had parachutes, that if they had to use one, he would grab it.
He smiled and said, “But we did it.” We laughed about it.