A 95-year-old World War II veteran from Claremore, Oklahoma, was awarded his high school diploma on Thursday, Nov. 7.
Cpl. Lewie Shaw dropped out of high school to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in 1943, KOKI-TV reported.
On Thursday, Claremore High School Navy Junior ROTC presented Shaw with a cap, a gown, and a high school diploma that he did not get the chance to have 76 years ago.
Shaw served in combat with the 4th Marine Division in battles including Iwo Jima, Tinian, and Saipan.
Like millions of people who fought and are still fighting, Shaw continued on. He did it not just for himself, but for his country.
And today, hundreds who look up to Shaw got to honor him.
“As we approach Veteran’s Day, I think it is important our students see that freedom doesn’t come free and the sacrifices they made are real,” said Bryan Frazier, superintendent of Claremore High School, according to KTUL.
Despite not sitting through many school assemblies or go to prom, Shaw did get to graduate from high school.