(AP) — A veteran of the Korean War has received his Indiana high school diploma — 67 years later.
Bill Grimes was honored by the Richmond school district Friday, two days before Veterans Day. He left Richmond High School for the Navy during his junior year and was on an aircraft carrier when his classmates graduated in 1951.
Grimes says school didn’t fit him so he joined the Navy with his father’s blessing on the day that North Korea invaded South Korea. He considers his Navy service a “privilege” and a “wonderful time.”
Grimes returned to Richmond, married and raised five children. The Richmond Palladium-Item says a daughter led the effort to get his diploma, which is allowed for honorably discharged veterans.
He describes the diploma as “the top for me.”