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95-year-old veteran receives high school diploma

Students and faculty at Claremore High School attended the ceremony

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Dressed in his original Marine uniform, 95-year-old Veteran Lewie Shaw finally received his high school diploma.

A ceremony was held last Thursday at Claremore High School in Oklahoma.

Shaw was born and raised around Chelsea, Oklahoma, and attended a school that now sits at the bottom of a lake. He told a reporter for the Claremore Daily Progress that school wasn’t his thing and he dropped out after being drafted by the U.S. Marines.

Shaw served in the battles of Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima.

When he returned home, he married a woman by the name of Alice. They were together for 65 years before she passed away in 2012.

Credit: Kayleigh J.T. Harrison
Shaw received a celebratory hug from high great-grandaughter.

"I've lived a dull life, worked hard, had a wonderful marriage of 65 years," Shaw told the Claremore Daily Progress. "My advice is to keep clawing, keep digging, get that education."

Last Thursday morning, Claremore students gathered in the gymnasium to pay tribute to Shaw.The Claremore Band and Choir also performed patriotic numbers in honor of Shaw.

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