Oldest Living WWII Veteran Turns 110, Says Secret To Long Life Is “Chew Gum and Be Nice To People”

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Got to be honest, I was hoping for something a little more exciting than “chew gum and be nice.”

After the great Richard Overton passed away last year at 112, Lawrence Brooks became the oldest living World Word II veteran. And, he just turned 110.

Overton credited his long life to cigars, whiskey and ice cream, the great Betty White says it’s hot dogs and vodka, another 101-year-old vet says a cold Coors Light every day keeps him young, and finally, one 109-year-old woman says the secret is to stay away from men.

But Lawrence Brooks here, the oldest of them all… chew gum and be nice.

According to CBS, Brooks, born on September 12th, 1909, celebrated his 110th birthday at the National WWII Museum.

“I heard that he was an old vet,” Lee Crean said. “And I said, ‘Well, we need to do something at the World War II Museum.'”

Crean, who works as the museum docent, met Brooks years ago at church and helped to launch their annual museum party every year on Brooks’ birthday. It’s a tradition that began in 2014, and one that employees hope won’t end anytime soon.

There you have it folks, some combination of whiskey, vodka, Coors Light, hot dogs, chewing gum, ice cream and being nice is the secret to a long life.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock