WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday in New Orleans

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks sports a lipstick kiss on his cheek, planted by a member of the singing group Victory Belles, as he celebrates hi

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks sports a lipstick kiss on his cheek, planted by a member of the singing group Victory Belles, as he celebrates hi

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Brook

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Brook

The Victory Belles sing the National Anthem as World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum

The Victory Belles sing the National Anthem as World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum

The Victory Belles hold the hands of World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks as they sing him happy birthday celebrating his 110th birthday at the Nation

The Victory Belles hold the hands of World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks as they sing him happy birthday celebrating his 110th birthday at the Nation

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks receives a dog tag honoring whims the oldest living World War II veteran as he celebrates his 110th birthday at t

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks receives a dog tag honoring whims the oldest living World War II veteran as he celebrates his 110th birthday at t

The Victory Belles hold the hands of World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks as they sing him happy birthday celebrating his 110th birthday at the Nation

The Victory Belles hold the hands of World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks as they sing him happy birthday celebrating his 110th birthday at the Nation

The Victory Belles plant kisses on World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks after singing him happy birthday, celebrating his 110th birthday at the Nation

The Victory Belles plant kisses on World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks after singing him happy birthday, celebrating his 110th birthday at the Nation

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds a photo of him taken in 1943, as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in Ne

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds a photo of him taken in 1943, as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in Ne

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds a dog tag honoring him as the oldest living World War II veteran, as he celebrates his 110th birthday at th

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds a dog tag honoring him as the oldest living World War II veteran, as he celebrates his 110th birthday at th

Edith Francisco, a fellow church member, greets World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II

Edith Francisco, a fellow church member, greets World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds his hand to his heart during the singing of the National Anthem as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds his hand to his heart during the singing of the National Anthem as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man considered to be the nation's oldest living World War II veteran was serenaded and showered with kisses during a celebration of his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Lawrence Brooks was born Sept. 12, 1909, and served in the predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines. He was a servant to three white officers and his daily routine included cleaning their sheets and uniforms and shining their shoes.

Brooks attained the rank of Private 1st Class during the war.

Museum President and CEO Stephen Watson said Brooks is the nation's oldest living WWII veteran. Watson was among the speakers at Brooks' birthday celebration Thursday, which included a serenade of "Happy Birthday" by the museum's singing trio, the Victory Belles.