America's oldest World War II veteran celebrates his 111th birthday

Posted at 3:25 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 16:25:42-04

NEW ORLEANS — The nation's oldest World War II veteran is a little older.

Lawrence Brooks is turning 111.

The National World War II Museum says he got a serenade, aerobatics and a military flyover for his birthday.

He watched from his porch in New Orleans.

Brooks also got about 10,000 birthday cards thanks to a public campaign.

Brooks was part of a predominately African-American battalion during the war.

The museum says his rank was private first class.

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