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Oldest living U.S. Veteran of WWII celebrates 111th birthday in New Orleans

Lawrence Brooks, a New Orleans native and the oldest known U.S. veteran of World War II, celebrated his 111th birthday at his home in New Orleans.
Lawrence Brooks, a New Orleans native and the oldest known U.S. veteran of World War II, celebrated his 111th birthday at his home in New Orleans.(CNN/National WWII Museum)
Published: Sep. 13, 2020 at 12:39 AM PDT
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(CNN) - The nation’s oldest World War II veteran is a little older. Lawrence Brooks is turning 111-years-old.

The National World War II Museum says he got a serenade, aerobatics and a military flyover for his birthday.

He watched from his porch in New Orleans.

Brooks also got about 10,000 birthday cards thanks to a public campaign.

Brooks was part of a predominately African American Battalion during the war.

The museum says his rank was private first class.

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