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Veteran, 100, finally getting high school diploma

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- A 100-year-old Army veteran of World War II is finally getting his high school diploma -- as is his great-grandson.

George Hulka Jr. made it to eighth grade at a one-room schoolhouse and worked on his family's dairy farm in Saratoga in upstate New York before being drafted in 1941.

He went on to fight the Germans from North Africa, through D-Day and on to the Battle of the Bulge.

On Saturday, his great-grandson Devin Stark will pick up Hulka's diploma at graduation ceremonies in the Schuylerville School District. New York allows World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who lived in the state but didn't graduate to get diplomas.

Stark tells the Times Union of Albany that his great-grandfather is "a very amazing man."

 
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