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The oldest WWII veteran to be remembered serving the museum

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The family and friends of a New Orleans man who was the oldest WWII veteran when he died earlier in January will come together to remember him in a ceremony

NEW ORLEANS – The family and friends of a New Orleans man who was the oldest WWII veteran when he died earlier in January will come together to remember him during a ceremony in a museum commemorating the war.

The funeral will be held Saturday at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans for Lawrence Brooks, who died Jan. 5 at the age of 112.

The funeral service, which begins at 10 a.m., is for relatives, friends and invited guests, but will also be webcast live on the museum’s website. After the service, a traditional jazz procession will follow before Brooks is taken to Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans where he will be laid to rest.

Brooks enlisted in the United States Army in 1940. After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, he was posted to the predominantly black 91st General Engineer Service Regiment stationed in Australia. The 91st was a unit that built bridges, roads and airstrips for airplanes. Brooks was assigned as a guard to three white officers – cooking, driving and taking care of their clothes.

He was discharged from the army in August 1945 as a private first class.

Upon his return from duty, he worked as a forklift driver until his retirement in his 60s. He has five children, five stepchildren and dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He lost his wife, Leona, shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

The oldest WWII veteran to be remembered serving the museum

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