The oldest living U.S. veteran of World War II turned 111 on Saturday and credited his faith for his life.
Lawrence Brooks, who was born Sept. 12, 1909, in Norwood, Louisiana, served in the U.S. Army as a black man when the armed forces were still segregated. He was a part of the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion, which was a predominantly black unit that was stationed in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines.
Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper gave Brooks a shout-out for his birthday on Twitter, writing, “Happy 111th birthday to our oldest living WW2 veteran, Lawrence Brooks. I salute your service and your lifetime of determination.”
Happy 111th birthday to our oldest living WW2 veteran, Lawrence Brooks. I salute your service and your lifetime of determination. pic.twitter.com/09a37yv6Yv
— Dr. Mark T. Esper (@EsperDoD) September 12, 2020
In a profile earlier this year in National Geographic, Brooks explained that he loves people and was upset