JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A World War II veteran graduated from a Jacksonville high school more than 71 years after he dropped out to fight in Europe.
Ninety-year-old Jack Koolik received his diploma Monday with students from Darnell-Cookman Middle and High School. Like the rest of the graduates, he wore a cap and gown for the ceremony.
The Florida Times Union reports that Koolik left his school in Brooklyn, New York, to join the military in 1942.
Koolik was assigned to a radar unit looking for low-flying planes in Italy and received several medals for his service during the war.
Since last year, veterans who left school in any state to join the military and were honorably discharged can apply to receive a Florida high school diploma.
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