Virginia veteran, 93, who dropped out of high school to fight in WWII, gets honorary diploma

Virginia veteran, 93, who dropped out of high school to fight in WWII, gets honorary diploma

James Yarbrough, during a Veterans Day ceremony, was left in tears fulfilling a lifelong dream.

The 93-year-old veteran from Virginia was finally getting a diploma, more than 75 years after World War II interrupted his education.

“I never expected it to happen,” Yarbrough said at Washington-Henry Elementary School in Mechanicsville, as WRIC reported. “I should’ve pursued before now, I guess.”

World War II veteran James Wallace Yarbrough, center, was presented an honorary diploma by school principal Lisa Thompson, right, and Hanover school superintendent Dr. Michael Gill, left.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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Yarbrough, who attended the former Washington-Henry High School, entered into military service with the U.S. Army in 1943, during his senior year in high school, and before he was able to graduate, as The Associated Press reported.

The state’s Veterans Honorary High School Diploma program has recognized the life experiences of honorably discharged veterans who were unable to complete their high school education because of service in the armed forces during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

“Just being here with the veterans and the kids. It was quite an honor,” the 93-year-old veteran added about receiving his honorary high school diploma. “I never expected such an occasion.”

It was just as touching for the kids as it was for Yarbrough.

During a Veterans Day ceremony at Washington-Henry Elementary school in Mechanicsville, Va., WWII veteran James Wallace Yarbrough is presented an honorary diploma by the school. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

During a Veterans Day ceremony at Washington-Henry Elementary school in Mechanicsville, Va., WWII veteran James Wallace Yarbrough is presented an honorary diploma by the school. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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“If we did not have veterans our country would be unprotected,” one student said, as WWBT reported.

“Thank you for risking your lives for us,” another student added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.


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