Veteran, 87, is to fill the high school seven decades after his time in active service

Robert Quincel, 87, will receive the honorary degree at a recent meeting of the council.

(Fox 28 Columbus)

An 87-year-old veteran in Ohio who never got the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma because he was drafted into the army has finally received, seven decades later.

Robert Quincel was one of 11 children in his family, but was forced to stop with to the South middle School in South Columbus, Ohio to help care for his family after his mother was injured.

He was then drafted by the Army to fight in the War in korea, but then the time spent in the Marine reserves doing exercises after a heart murmur was discovered.

Quincel and his wife, Marjorie, have three children and 12 grandchildren. Each of them had the qualifications, except for Robert.

“I think I have earned hard knocks,” he told FOX28 after he received his diploma Tuesday, adding: “It is really to mean something, especially when you know, all those years are over.”

Quincel proud to hold on to his honorary degree.

(Fox 28 Columbus )


Quincel’s daughter then came in the law that allows veterans to get their diplomas and thought I would see if I can get one,” he said.

The family sent in the paperwork for Quincel and after the lost, they tried to get through a second time and it worked.

Quincel and his wife got a ride at a recent meeting of the board by the station, and he was awarded the honorary doctorate in front of a number of his family members.

“Your heart will never let you down, if you keep on trying, the education… is the best what you can get, thank you,” the veteran said during the ceremony.

The 87-year-old hopes his story is a source of inspiration for everyone to continue to try to achieve their goals.

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