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100 year old World War Two vet receives high school diploma
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- At 100 years old, George Hulka Jr. sat at his very own High School graduation. He's now a graduate of Schuylerville High School, and delivering him his diploma, his very own great grandson, who got to share this special moment with him.
"He's a very amazing man and I'm very proud of him for his service and he's my hero," his great-grandson Devin Stark tells us.
The whole room cheered as Devin handed his Great-Grandfather his diploma. Hulka, a World War II veteran, attended a one room schoolhouse until the eighth grade. Then he worked on his family's dairy farm in Saratoga until he was called for duty. Hulka was a combat infantryman, he survived the D-Day invasion at Normandy, and subsequent battles in France and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge. But, Saturday morning was one of his proudest moments.
"He's very excited he's so full of life that we're just all very excited the whole family," says Karen Austin.
His family, who spoke on his behalf says it's a dream come true.
"I believe so, I think it was one that he didn't ever really think he'd be able to achieve. When he came home from the service he started a family and the family kept him busy so I believe he really at this point ever thought he would ever accomplish this," says Austin.
Hulka joins part of the class of 2014 as part of Operation Recognition, which entitles veterans that left school early to serve, a diploma.