After nearly 70 years, World War II veteran gets his diploma

After nearly 70 years, World War II veteran gets his diploma

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Bill Malone, the 87-year-old veteran, who tested atomic bombs in the South Pacific during World War II, later helped high school dropouts earn their diplomas while working as a deputy sheriff in Southern California.

On Wednesday, nearly seven decades after leaving Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles to join the Navy, Malone received his diploma during a graduation ceremony and reception at the Norman Veterans Center.

“Typically we’re trying to find words to inspire (our students) to live a life of sacrifice, a life of concern for others, a life of commitment, a life of courage, a life of valor, a life of community, a life of country,” Norman High School Principal Scott Beck said. “What’s such a great honor about this, Mr. Malone, is that we get to do this as a celebration of a life spent doing exactly those things.”

 

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