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18 WWII vets receive diplomas



Published: Wed, May 29, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



CAMPBELL -- Eighteen World War II veterans who left Campbell Memorial High School to serve their country before graduating were honored Tuesday during a special presentation of diplomas at the American Legion Post 560.

Superintendent James A. Ciccolelli, the Rev. Dan Rohan, school board president, high school principal Rick Gozur and John Texter, legion commander, presented the diplomas.

Veterans honored served in every branch of the service all over the world, Gozur said.

"It was interesting. They covered the Normandy invasion to the Philippines, were stationed in Italy, the Far East, Africa. Some of them were really touched. We had about 150 people who attended -- they brought their children and grandchildren."

Response to the program, Gozur said, was overwhelming. "They just came in one after the other."

A second group of veterans may be presented with diplomas later this year, Gozur added. Once the word got out, he said, more people called to inquire.




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