“finally getting his rightly earned associate’s degree”
This is a great story. Don’t you wish more schools would honor veterans?
The Daily Caller reports:
University Of Toledo Honors WWII Veteran With Rightly Earned Degree In Business And Advertising
World War II veteran Bob Barger is finally getting his rightly earned associate’s degree from the University of Toledo, Ohio, 68 years since he left school to start his career and a family, The Associated Press reports.
Barger joined the Navy in the early 1940s after seeing an advertisement that read, “Join the navy and get an education” because he wanted that degree.
While in the Navy, Barger “flew seaplanes for scout observation over the Gulf of Mexico and was a flight instructor at a base in Corpus Christi, Texas. He later was stationed in Norman, Oklahoma, after the war and planned on a career in the Navy,” according to the AP.
Barger’s plans to stay in the Navy changed, however, when a bunkhouse exploded and he risked his life to save the “bloodied men” caught in the wreckage.
After that incident, Barger decided to pursue a degree in business and advertising at the University of Toledo in the late 1940s. But after completing three years of classes and earning 83 credits, Barger sought a career opportunity and made the difficult decision to leave school in order to start a job and a family.
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