Gary Sinise Pays Tribute to Oldest WWII Veteran After His Death

by Thad Mitchell

Actor Gary Sinise, known for his roles in hit films like “Forrest Gump” and “Reindeer Games,” is remembering an American hero today.

Gary Sinise is saluting Lawrence Brooks today after the World War II veteran passed away earlier today (Wednesday). Brooks passed away this morning at the age of 112. He is the longest-living American veteran of the Second World War. He died peacefully at his in New Orleans, Louisiana according to family members.

Gary Sinise has a long history of honoring our nation’s many veterans. He took to social media after hearing the news and thanked Brooks for his contributions to our country’s freedom. He also shares a photo that he took with Brooks just a couple of years ago. In the Instagram post, the actor calls Brooks an American hero and says it was an honor to know him.

“An American hero passed away this morning,” Gary Sinise says in the Wednesday social media post. “Lawrence Brooks, the oldest living WWII vet at 112 years old. Here we are at National WWII Museum in New Orleans when he was 106 years old. He certainly had an incredible long life. God bless you, sir. An honor to know you. Rest In Peace.”

It’s a fitting tribute from the actor who has done much to recognize America’s veterans. Brooks spent most of his life residing in New Orleans. He was drafted into military service in 1940.

Gary Sinise Honors Oldest American World War II Veteran

After being drafted, he became a private in the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion. His unit was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines, They built infrastructures such as bridges, roads, and airstrips. Brooks celebrated his 112th birthday last September.

Along with his career in front of the camera, Gary Sinise is also well-known for his advocacy of America’s military veterans. In 2011, he started the Gary Sinise Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, their goal is to serve and honor America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, Gold Star families, and those in need.

In a recent interview with Fox News, Gary Sinise talks about the work his foundation does.

“Life can be very, very challenging for somebody in a wheelchair, somebody missing a limb, somebody with severe burns or traumatic brain injury, or blindness or whatever their particular challenges are,” he says. “It can be very, very difficult just trying to function in an apartment or a small house that’s not built for somebody with physical challenges like that. So what we try to do is provide everything that you could possibly think of that would help to make the life of the veteran and the family be more independent; to have the service member be more independent.”