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95-year-old WWII veteran receives high school diploma 77 years later

A World War II veteran received a diploma Wednesday from a high school in Needham, Massachusetts, 77 years after he left to fight in the Pacific.

Officials at Needham High School presented Louis Picariello, 95, with the diploma on the Marine Corps’s 246th birthday , also the day before Veterans Day.

“I can’t explain it. There’s no words here,” Picariello said, according to WCVB5 . “I can’t believe this. Everybody went out of their way and I appreciate it.”

Picariello, who joined the Marines after turning 18, never went back to get his diploma from the school after the war, instead choosing to work as a heavy equipment operator and start a family.

Read more at Washington Examiner

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