Oldest WWII veteran to be remembered at museum service

Family and associates of a New Orleans man who was the oldest World War II veteran when he died earlier in January will collect to bear in mind him at a ceremony

NEW ORLEANS — Family and associates of a New Orleans man who was the oldest World War II veteran when he died earlier in January will collect to bear in mind him at a ceremony in a museum memorializing the conflict.

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

The funeral service, which begins at 10 a.m., is for invited family members, associates and company but additionally will be livestreamed on the museum’s website. After the service a conventional jazz procession will comply with earlier than Brooks is taken to Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans the place he’ll be laid to relaxation.

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Brooks was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1940. After Japan’s assault on Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to the largely Black 91st Engineer General Service Regiment stationed in Australia. The 91st was a unit that constructed bridges, roads and airstrips for planes. Brooks was assigned as a caretaker to three white officers — cooking, driving and taking good care of their garments.

He was discharged from the Army in August 1945 as a non-public top notch.

When he returned from service, he labored as a forklift driver till retiring in his 60s. He has 5 kids, 5 stepchildren, and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He misplaced his spouse, Leona, shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

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