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  • The funeral service of America’s oldest WW2 veteran who recently passed will be held tomorrow.
  • The memorial service will be live-streamed for the public by The National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
  • The veteran, Lawrence Brooks, died Jan. 5 at the age of 112.

The funeral service of a New Orleans man who was the oldest American World War II veteran will be live-streamed by The National World War II Museum.  

Lawrence N. Brooks, born in Norwood, Louisianna, passed away on Jan. 5 at the age of 112.  

Brooks was drafted in 1940 at the age of 31 and was assigned to the mostly Black  91st Engineer General Service Regiment. He spent his service time in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.  


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The memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. and is for friends and relatives. After the service, a jazz procession will follow before Brooks’ burial at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans, according to ABC.  

After the war, Brooks worked as a forklift operator for 40 years. He is survived by five children, 13 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren, according to The National World War II Museum’s website. 


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Published on Jan 14, 2022