MUNHALL, Pa. – A World War II veteran from western Pennsylvania at long last has a high school diploma, earned as a 95th birthday present.
George Hovanec dropped out of school to work, then joined the Marine Corps, serving in a howitzer battalion in Guadalcanal and New Zealand.
Hovanec's family tell WTAE-TV most of his relatives didn't know the family patriarch never graduated. So granddaughter Karen Murray approached Steel Valley High School administrators about a birthday surprise.
Hovanec says he's glad to finally get his diploma 67 years after he came home from World War II.