According to an announcement from the National WWII Museum, Lawrence Brooks was honored on his birthday, September 12, with a Jeep parade, cake, and performances from the Museum’s “Victory Belles” in addition to different native musicians.

Brooks served in the predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion, which was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines throughout the battle, the assertion says. He is the father of 5 youngsters and 5 stepchildren.

America's oldest World War II veteran celebrates his 111th birthdayAmerica's oldest World War II veteran celebrates his 111th birthday
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted a birthday message Sunday thanking Brooks for his service.

“Happy 112th birthday to Mr. Lawrence Brooks, America’s oldest living World War II veteran and a proud Louisianan. Mr. Brooks, the entire state of Louisiana thanks you for your service and we all wish you a joyous birthday,” Edwards stated.

Additionally, the City of New Orleans issued an official proclamation recognizing Brooks’ milestone birthday, the museum stated.

Correction: A earlier model of this story misspelled Philippines.

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