A graduation, 74 years in the making was held in Oklahoma Thursday for a 95-year-old veteran who fought in WWII instead of graduating high school.
Corporal Lewie Shaw became an orphan when he was only 12 years old. He dropped out of high school at 17 and worked as a school bus driver and janitor. . .
Cpl. Shaw enlisted in the Marines in 1943. He fought in Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima. He was wounded fighting for his country.
“One come out with a phosphorus grenade got me across the backside,” he said. “And I didn’t want to tell anybody. A good Marine doesn’t get shot in the back.”
Cpl. Shaw said he’s lived a dull life after the war. He worked for a lumber company for 30 years then went into business with his son. All without his high school diploma. But Thursday, at 95 years old, he had his graduation ceremony.
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