New Orleanians

Help the nation’s oldest WWII veteran celebrate his 111th birthday

COVID canceled this birthday party, can you send a card to help the oldest WWII vet celebrate his birthday?

During World War II, New Orleans resident Lawrence Brooks served in the Pacific Theater. The predominantly African-American 91st Engineer Battalion helped make runways for planes.

Now, more than 75 years later, Brooks can still recount cooking red bans halfway around the world, as he did in an interview for National Geographic earlier this year.  His Central City home is not far from The National World War II Museum, where he’s been celebrating his birthday since 2014. At 110, he’s the nation’s oldest known WWII Veteran.

But like much this year, things are different. Since the threat of COVID-19, there won’t be a celebration at the museum for Brooks’ birthday. Instead, the museum is asking people to send birthday cards that’ll be delivered to Mr. Brooks.

The museum is asking all cards be sent by Sept. 1 to:

The National WWII Museum
c/o Happy 111th Mr. Brooks!
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Happy birthday Mr. Brooks and thank you for your service! ❤️️ Here are pictures photographer Matthew Hinton took at Mr. Brooks birthday celebration in 2019.