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Supercentenarian, And Oldest Living WWII Vet, Celebrates 110th Birthday At The WWII Museum

by Kelly Glass
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The oldest living US veteran of World War II celebrated his 110th birthday in the most fitting place.

Supercentenarian veteran Lawrence Brooks of New Orleans celebrated his big birthday at the National WWII Museum surrounded by lots of love.

“I have made it, and I’m glad to be here,” Lawrence said. “There are so many things happen. Some of them I remember. Some of them I don’t. Some of them I want to remember, and some of them I don’t want to remember,” he said.

He served in the predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion when the military was still segregated, and he was stationed in the South Pacific.

He attained the rank of Private First Class. The supercentenarian veteran is also the father of five children and five stepchildren.

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has honored Lawrence with a party for the past five years, according to NOLA.com. This year’s celebration included Lawrence’s family, friends, supporters, and a personal serenade from the Victory Belles, a vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s.

“When my dad was 100, I asked him. I said, ‘Daddy how long you think you’re going to live?’” his daughter Vanessa Brooks joked. “He said, ‘To be 112, baby.’ So, he has two more years left and I’m going to hold him to that promise: 112.”

Watch the video below to see this supercentenarian veteran celebrate this big milestone.

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