America's oldest living WWII veteran

faced hostility abroad – and at home


PHOTOGRAPH By Robert Clark

National Geographic

At age 110, Lawrence Brooks of New Orleans is the oldest known living U.S. veteran of World War II. From 1941 to 1945 he served in the Pacific with the Army’s predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion, as a support worker to its officers. Of the 16 million U.S. veterans who fought in World War II, only 300,000 are still alive. He credits a healthy lifestyle, deep faith and love of people for his longevity.