Jack Fletcher, an 86-year-old veteran, joined the 2012 graduates of Spur High School in Spur, Texas as he walked across the stage to receive his diploma.
The man didn’t complete his senior year at the school opting to serve in the U.S. Marines in the 1940s.
He grew up in the area. Both his parents died in a car accident leaving him, along with his two brothers, in the care of their grandparents.
Several of Mr Fletcher’s friends and his brothers signed up to join the war.
He too enlisted, meaning he had to give up finishing his final year of high school.
He went on serve overseas in the Pacific region for several years.
‘That little dog,’ the veteran said, holding back tears, “my grandmother said he waited at the end of the lane each day when I left.”
He soon moved on to his next adventure where he moved to Australia to build a successful career in the agricultural industry.
“You think that would satisfy a guy,” Mr Fletcher said.
Instead, the veteran couldn’t let go of his hopes to receive a high school diploma.
He joked with the news station: “The superintendent assured them I was no slow learner even though it’s taken me 70 years.”
With his blue cap and gown with a gold tassel that had a 2012 charm on it, Mr Fletcher walked across the Spur High School stage as an honorary graduate and got a diploma.
“I had to look to make sure they put a certificate in there. I was afraid they were kidding me!” he said, laughing.
Attribution: Mail Online