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A man who left high school to fight in World War II finally received his diploma more than seven decades later.

George Fricovsky was brought to tears Tuesday he was presented with a diploma from Riverside High School in Taylor, Pennsylvania.

The man who presented the diploma was David Walsh, Fricovsky's grandson and a vice principal in the same school district that his grandfather left in 1944 to go to war.

Fricovsky’s family invited him to a school board meeting, where he thought he was going to lead the pledge of allegiance.

Instead, he was presented with his diploma.

“I was really surprised,” Fricovsky said. “I never expected this.”

His daughter, Diane Nagy, said the whole family was pleased.

“We wanted to surprise him, and David did a great job, so we’re really happy,” she said.

Fricovsky was injured by a German hand grenade while stationed in France. He received an honorable discharge and a Purple Heart.

When he came home, he joined the labor force instead of finishing high school, so getting his diploma was very emotional for him.

Watch a report on this feel-good story above.

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