TAYLOR, Pa. -- A 90-year-old man who left school to fight in World War II finally receives his high school diploma.
George Fricovsky and his grandson, David Walsh, both got emotional on Tuesday when Walsh presented him with a diploma from Riverside High School in Taylor, Pennsylvania.
Walsh is a vice principal in the same school district that his grandfather left in 1944 to fight in World War II.
Fricovsky's family invited him to a board meeting, where he thought he was going to lead the pledge of allegiance.
Instead, they presented him with his diploma.
“I was really surprised. I never expected this," Fricovsky said.
His daughter, Diane Nagy, said, "We wanted to surprise him, and David did a great job, so we're really happy."
Fricovsky was injured by a German hand-grenade while stationed in France.
He received an honorable discharge and a purple heart.
When he came home, he joined the labor force instead of finishing high school, so getting the diploma was very big deal for him.