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Vietnam Vet Gets High School Diploma In Hermiston

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HERMISTON, Ore.-- It's not everyday a Vietman veteran attends a high school graduation. But for Bob Sexton it was his time to shine.

"I kind of did it backwards, got my college degree before my high school one, but as long as you get it, that's the name of the game," said Bob Sexton.

The 62 year old Hermiston man joined the class of 2008 at Hermiston High School, and got his high school diploma. An honor Sexton says he promised his family he would get no matter how long it took him.

"You're never too old to study, there are lost of people who don't have one, many of them are veterans," said Sexton.

Hermiston Superintendent Dr. Fred Maiocco gave Sexton his diploma. Maiocco is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

"Him, standing there in uniform, it really got me," said Sexton.

Bob Sexton says he dropped out of Hermiston High in 1964 to serve two tours in Vietnam.

"You love your country, you fight for it, and I did," said Sexton.

Sexton's wife Karen and some friends were there to celebrate by his side. Along with more than 200 students who now share Sexton's alma mater.

"I didn't know any of these kids, but I feel like I know them all," said Sexton.