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100-year-old WWII vet obtains long-deferred diploma

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The former combat infantryman was part of the D-Day invasion, but only made it to the eighth grade. (Source: TWC News Albany/CNN) The former combat infantryman was part of the D-Day invasion, but only made it to the eighth grade. (Source: TWC News Albany/CNN)

 SARATOGA, NY (TWC News Albany/CNN) - A 100-year-old World War II veteran can finally say he's a high school graduate.

George Hulka Jr., who only made it to eighth grade, was drafted in 1941.

On Saturday, Hulka's great-grandson presented him with an honorary high school diploma. It was also his great-grandson's graduation day.

Hulka served as a combat infantryman in the Army. He was in the third wave of the D-Day invasion at Normandy.

After he came home from the service, he was busy raising a family.

Hulka's family says he was very excited to receive the diploma, and had never expected this day would come.

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