- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) - A World War II veteran has just gotten his Pennsylvania high school diploma and says he’s grateful to have it even if it’s not going to help him get a job.

Robert Dexter is 88 years old. He was awarded the degree by the Wayne Highlands School Board in a ceremony Tuesday.

Dexter says he enlisted in the Navy in 1944, when he was a 17-year-old junior at Damascus High School.

He returned to his hometown of Damascus when he was discharged in 1948 and started a family and a bottled gas business. He says his son was the “instigator” in getting him the diploma.

Dexter says he’s honored and appreciates the effort. He says maybe if he were looking for a job the diploma would help - but he doesn’t want one.

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