Via Fox News:
Seventy-five years after withdrawing from high school to serve as a U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Vito Trause had one last (surprise) mission to complete.
Dubbed “Operation Vito,” the 93-year-old veteran and prisoner of war was awarded a high school diploma at Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Wednesday night.
Trause stepped up to the plate on Nov. 30, 1943, when he left school (formerly known as East Rutherford High School) “to go to war, to join the service, to fight for his country,” Becton Regional Principal Dario Sforza told Fox News. He was supposed to graduate in 1945.
When Sforza learned Trause never received his high school diploma, he wanted to surprise the man — who he called the “town hero” — with one of his own.
“Instead of spending time in English class during his senior year, [Trause] was captured by the Germans as a prisoner of war,” Sforza said, adding that the veteran worked two jobs throughout his life to support his wife and two daughters.