Man gets high school diploma 72 years after leaving for WWII
COVINGTON- A Louisiana man has received his high school diploma, 72 years after leaving his New Orleans high school- and its football team- early to join the military during World War II.
Michael Decker, 89, received his diploma and letterman jacket Wednesday during a surprise ceremony organized at the Covington senior living community in which he resides.
Representatives from Warren Easton High School, Decker's school, were present to formally award Decker the diploma.
Trace Senior Living Community Executive Director Richard Totorico says Decker had asked him a few months ago if he could help him get a high school diploma and letterman jacket.
Totorico says Warren Easton officials discovered that Decker had earned enough credits to graduate and could receive a real, as opposed to honorary, diploma.