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Vietnam Veteran Receives Honorary Diploma at West Branch

A local veteran of the Vietnam Conflict is finally receiving his high school diploma.

 

The West Branch school board this week awarded the diploma to Robert N. McLaughlin, who served during the Vietnam Conflict and was honorably discharged at the conclusion of his service.

 

Accordind to schools Superintendent Timothy Saxton, McLaughlin is a lifelong resident who would have graduated in 1965, however was drafted after falling one credit shy of graduating.

 

“[McLaughlin] has always wanted to obtain his diploma, and when a friend of his contacted me we put the plan into place to make the awarding of his diploma happen,” Saxton said.

 

“It is our esteemed honor to award a West Branch High School diploma to Mr. McLaughlin for his service to our country. This is well deserved.”

 

The school board voted unanimously to award the diploma.

 

The district would like to remind residents that if they know a veteran who has not received his or her diploma and served in World War II, the Korean Conflict or the Vietnam Conflict, they should contact the Superintendent’s Office at 330-938-9324 for information.

 

 

Watch the WKBN news story here:

https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news/vietnam-vet-can-finally-call-himself-a-west-branch-graduate-54-years-later/

 

Read more about this honor here:

https://www.salemnews.net/news/local-news/2019/11/local-veteran-awarded-high%E2%80%88school-diploma/