The second world WAR POW gets surprise diploma 75 years after leaving high school to join the Army

Vito Trause, 93, will receive a diploma of Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

(Bernadette Sforza)

Seventy-five years after the withdrawal of the high school to serve as a U.S. Army soldier during the second world War, Vito Trause had one last (surprise) mission to complete.

Called “Operation Vito,” the 93-year-old veteran and prisoner of war was awarded with a high school diploma at Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Wednesday night.

Trause stepped up to the plate on Nov. 30, 1943, when he left school (formerly known as the East Rutherford High School) “to go to war, to employ, to fight for his country,” Becton Regional Client Dario Sforza told Fox News. He was supposed to graduate in 1945.

Vito Trause, the report says that he withdrew from East Rutherford High School on Nov. 30, 1943, with “Army” is mentioned as a reason.

(Dario Sforza/Becton Regional High School)

When Sforza learned Trause never received his high school diploma, he wanted to have the surprise of the man — which he called the “the city hero” — with one of his own.

“Instead of spending their time in English class during his last year, [Trause] was taken prisoner by the Germans as a prisoner of war,” Sforza said, adding that the veteran worked two jobs in his life to support his wife and two daughters.

Moved by his story, the head of the school on “the Functioning of Vito.” The mission, which he had less than a month to complete, is divided into a number of parts: for Trause his diploma and relevant awards, such as medals, sashes and stoles — and all this while the secret of the veteran.

A “congratulations!” sign displayed outside Vito Trause’s New Jersey home. He graduated from Becton Regional (formerly known as the East Rutherford when he was a student) High School on Wednesday night at 93 years old.

(Dario Sforza)

Sforza worked with the state Department of Education Trause is not only an honorary degree, but the real deal. He also worked with graduates of the 1950’s again the degree Trause would have received in 1945.

The client said he came Trause military discharge papers, which stated that he received four honors for his service, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars and had them replicated for Trause.

Principal Sforza made replicas of the four awards Vito Trause received during his military service: the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars.

(Dario Sforza )

Sforza also the coordination with the U.S. army in active service commanders and sergeants in the presence to be a surprise Trause.

On Wednesday, the ceremony, Sforza said he took to the stage to present the gift to Trause. Usually in a wheelchair, Trause got up and walked he was accompanied by military personnel, to his daughters, who gave him his official diploma.

The 93-year-old received a standing ovation “of each person in the audience,” Sforza said, adding that Trause “couldn’t stop smiling the whole time.”

Vito Trause, links, and a Client-Dario Sforza, right, shake hands on the Becton Regional High School graduation Wednesday night.

(Bernadette Sforza)

“It was special. Everything fell into place,” Sforza said. “We had a vision, we had surgery, we succeeded in our mission.”

“[Trause] can continue to live out all his dreams,” the principal continued. “This was just one last mission he had to accomplish.”

U.S. military personnel present at the Becton Regional High School graduation in New Jersey on Wednesday evening to help at the special ceremony to give Vito Trause of his diploma.

(Bernadette Sforza)

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