A veteran American soldier who fought in World War II died Wednesday at the age of 112. Lawrence Brooks, the oldest living American, is the oldest of the 240,000 American soldiers living there. His death was announced by the National WWII Museum and confirmed by his daughter.
Born into a family of fifteen children in Louisiana on September 12, 1909, Black Brooks joined the U.S. Army in 1940. During World War II he was sent to Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. During his military service he served mainly as a cook for white officers.
Although he did not serve on the front line, he had two fatal experiences during the war. Once the plane he was traveling in ran out of fuel and sank in the sea, another time a Japanese sniper shot a U.S. soldier several feet away.
US President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter that he was proud to have met Brooks last year. “He is truly the best in America and I will pray for his next of kin,” the president said.
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