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ELEVATE: A High School Diploma… 70 Years Later

At a young age, Billy Malone knew he wanted to serve his country.

At just 18 years old, he found himself aboard the USS Independence testing atomic bombs as part of Operation Crossroads. Following his service, Billy worked for the LA County Sheriff’s office, where he ultimately became an instructor at the academy. Billy's name is on too many titles, certificates, and credentials to name, but one thing was always missing--his high school diploma.

Not too long ago, Billy saw a poster at the Norman Veterans Center. It said veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War could, with appropriate verification, receive a high school diploma.

View Billy's story at right.  And learn more about the Veterans High School Diploma program.




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Last updated on October 14, 2015