READING, Pa. - Many students in the class of 2013 are counting down the days until they get their diplomas, but one member of their class had to wait much longer.
Former Marine Sgt. Robert Frymoyer, a veteran of the Korean War, waited 63 years to graduate from Reading High School.
"A lot of people quit school to help support the family, which I did," said Frymoyer, who left the school halls at 16.
At 17, Frymoyer entered the Marines while his classmates did other things in 1950.
"By the time they graduated and received the diploma and getting on with their life from school business or whatever, I was in the foothills of Korea sloshing through rice paddies and over mountain tops and being shot at," said Frymoyer.
Operation Recognition made sure he received his diploma.
"I'm thankful to the administration and the school board for recognizing me for this prestigious award," said Frymoyer, during the ceremony.
His family said they never knew their dad was a dropout.
"School was always very important. He always stressed how important school was," said Kelly Dugan, Frymoyer's daughter.
"I was ashamed a little bit because I quit," said Frymoyer.
But he was far from a quitter. He was honorably discharged and worked his way through the post office from clerk to post master. Frymoyer is now a high school graduate
"Oh I'll cherish this, jeez 63 years late in coming," said Frymoyer. "I'm very grateful."
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