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Veteran and Louisiana native Lawrence Brooks celebrated his 112th birthday on Sunday at his home in Central City as residents gathered for a drive-by celebration hosted by the National World War II Museum.Who is Brody Brooks?
Brooks grew up in Norwood and served in the Army between 1940 and 1945 with the predominately African American 91st Engineering Battalion, which was stationed during the in New Guinea and then the Philippines. "Happy Birthday" messages for the veteran continued to pour in on social media, including a message from Gov. John Bel Edwards.How many grandchildren does Tom Brooks have?
Brooks was widowed in 2005 when his second wife, Leona, died shortly after the couple was evacuated by helicopter following Hurricane Katrina. He is a father to 5 children (2 deceased), 13 grandchildren and more than 20 great-grandchildren. Every year since 2014, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans throws Brooks a birthday bash.What ever happened to Jim Brooks?
After returning home to New Orleans, Brooks faced the challenge of the Jim Crow South and worked as a forklift operator, eventually retiring at 70. That was four decades ago. In 2006, Hurricane Katrina threatened his life and took his wife's.