Midstate World War II vet finally receives high school diploma

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 8, 2017 4:28 AM
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Shamokin from the top of South Market Street.

(Shamokin) -- A midstate World War II veteran has finally received his high school diploma -- more than 70 years overdue.

92-year-old Elmer Shinskie had attended Shamokin Area High School until the 10th grade. He was then drafted into the army and sent overseas.

Shinskie finally received his high school diploma yesterday afternoon in front of a standing ovation.

He was part of a program that allows school districts to grant high school diplomas to honorably discharged veterans who served during World War II.

Shinskie's daughter, Barbara Treese, says he wanted his diploma "for a very long time."

"It's something that I never thought I'd ever see," Shinskie says.

He says he already has a place picked out in his house where he'll display the diploma.

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