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102-Year-Old WWII Vet Receives High School Diploma & Long Overdue Medals

April 05, 2017

A 102-year-old World War II veteran who served with both American and Canadian forces finally received his high school diploma and several overdue medals.

In the 1930’s, Sydney Cole dropped out of high school and attempted to join the U.S. Army Air Corps. Cole was rejected by them and instead joined the Canadian Royal Air Force.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Cole was discharged, but later joined the U.S. Army in 1943.

During the Battle of the Bulge, Cole was piloting an artillery observation plane. His plane was shot down in 1945 and spent four months in a German POW camp.

Last week, Cole received his high school diploma and ten overdue medals including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Medal.