Veteran finally receives diploma

January 10, 2017 11:16 PM

When Arthur Gay Jr. went to school, it was a one-room school house at the corner of Sweden-Walker Road and Route 31. On Tuesday night, the WWII veteran that never got his high school diploma finally has it in his hands.

"It's very, very happy for me," he says, "I can't believe this ever happened for me."

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Arthur Gay was surprised with a honorary diploma from the Churchville-Chili Central School District.

Gay had left school when he was in sixth grade to work on the family farm in Brockport. At age 18, he enlisted in the army and liberated three islands from the Japanese during WWII. 

Anne Levitt, Arthur's daughter, remembered the moment she decided to put the plan for a diploma into motion: 

"He had the interview for the Library of Congress, and someone asked him- did anybody come to the airport when you came back? He just came off the airplane and didn't get a chance to go to high school or finish his education."

All three of Arthur's children are graduates of Churchville-Chili High School. 


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