WATERTOWN, N.Y. (June 11, 2013)--Frederick Gray, 97, a World War II veteran, was presented Monday with a diploma from Watertown High School during a ceremony at his northern New York home.
Gray was set to graduate in 1934, but dropped out a year early to get a job to help support his family during the Great Depression.
He worked in a factory before he was drafted into the Army in 1942.
He served in the 24th Infantry Division in the Pacific campaign and earned a Bronze Star.
After the war, he returned to his job and retired as head of the company's billing department.
Gray says he never expected to get a diploma and is "dumbfounded by the thoughtfulness."