Family and good friends of a New Orleans guy who was the earliest World War II veteran when he passed away previously in January will collect to keep in mind him at an event in a museum memorializing the war.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans for Lawrence Brooks, who passed away on Jan. 5 at the age of112
The funeral service, which begins at 10 a.m., is for welcomed loved ones, good friends and visitors however likewise will be livestreamed on the museum’s site. After the service a standard jazz procession will follow prior to Brooks is required to Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans where he’ll be put to rest.
The second world war veteran Lawrence Brooks holds an image of him taken in 1943, when he commemorated his 110 th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, on Sept. 12,2019 (AP/Gerald Herbert).
Brooks was prepared into the U.S. Army in1940 After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, he was designated to the primarily Black 91 st Engineer General Service Regiment stationed in Australia. The 91 st was a system that constructed bridges, roadways and airstrips for aircrafts. Brooks was designated as a caretaker to 3 white officers– cooking, driving and looking after their clothing.
The second world war veteran Lawrence Brooks sports a lipstick kiss on his cheek, planted by a member of the singing group Victory Belles, throughout his 110 th birthday event.
( AP/Gerald Herbert)
He was released from the Army in August 1945 as a personal very first class.
The event will be held at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. (Google Maps).
When he returned from service, he worked as a forklift chauffeur up until retiring in his 60 s. He has 5 kids, 5 stepchildren, and lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lost his spouse, Leona, quickly after Hurricane Katrina.