- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) - In 1949, John Fohlbrook was set to graduate from North Muskegon High School.

However, Fohlbrook was called to duty and then served during the Korean War. He joined the U.S. Air Force at age 17 as a radio interceptor, tracking enemy planes throughout Korea and Russia.

It caused him to miss his graduation with the class of 1949.

On April 2, 66 years later than originally expected, he was presented with a diploma from North Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Curt Babcock and school board member Mary Moulton.

“This class could not have treated me nicer. I’ve been to every class reunion, every class dinner,” Fohlbrook told The Muskegon Chronicle ( https://bit.ly/1CgtGrX ).

His wife Sally, daughter Kim Wood, son Bill Fohlbrook and grandson Matthew Wood were by his side to take part in the special milestone at his home in Norton Shores.

“It means so much to our family to have him reclaimed as a North Muskegon Norseman. While his high school classmates were going to prom and football games and doing things like that, my dad was in a tent in minus-40 degree weather in Korea serving his country,” Kim Wood said.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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