- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) - Jemez Pueblo is having a special graduation ceremony to present honorary high school diplomas to the community’s few remaining World War II veterans.

Several veterans who were called to duty and were unable to complete their education upon returning home will be given diplomas during Saturday’s event. Another three veterans will be recognized posthumously.

Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena says the community is grateful to the veterans for their courage and service and the diplomas are well-deserved.

Tribal officials say 53 men and two women from the pueblo were called to duty during World War II.

U.S. military documents show more than 44,000 American Indians served between 1941 and 1945 in Europe and the Pacific. Records also show more than 40,000 Indians left their homes to work in ordnance depots, factories and other war industries.

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