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WWII, Korean War veteran finally gets diploma from Tennessee high school

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RED BANK, Tenn. (CIRCA) - A 93-year-old man became the latest student to receive his high school diploma at a California high school on Monday.

You could say it was long overdue - but Sam Stansell has a legitimate excuse.

In 1942, while he was a senior at Red Bank High, he dropped out to serve the nation during World War II.

Stansell spent some of the major battles in the Pacific Theater of WWII in the engine room on the USS Saratoga. He was at the battle of Guadacanal, the Solomans, the Gilberts and Marshalls, and Battle of Iwo Jima.

But he never got his high school diploma, something school officials fixed on Monday.

On Monday morning, Stansell received his diploma in front of a crowd of current students, who were all inspired by his story.

In addition to getting his diploma, Stansell is now a member of the Red Bank High School Hall of Fame.

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