NewsLocal News / June 2, 2014

WWII Vet, 91, Finally Gets His High School Diploma

Associated Press
WWII Vet, 91, Finally Gets His High School Diploma

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A World War II veteran who enlisted in the military rather than graduate from high school more than 70 years ago finally has a high school diploma.

Ninety-one-year-old Walter Worland received his honorary diploma Saturday at Greenfield Central High School's graduation about 20 miles east of Indianapolis.

Worland opted to enlist in the military instead of graduating with his high school class in 1942.

He tells WISH-TV that "Life just goes on and you just put things off, and this was one of them."

Worland has established a scholarship program for Hancock County seniors and funded the junior high school's library. He's also volunteered for countless local organizations.

Worland says he hopes his fellow, much younger 2014 graduates will carry on his legacy of service.