Korean War vet receives Hilhi diploma decades after service – Portland Tribune


With his Hillsboro High School hat and jacket on, Korean War veteran Chester Conklin said he always regretted that his military service prevented him from finishing high school.

But with the help of Hilhi officials, the 90-year-old veteran, who has lived in the same Hillsboro home on Northeast 37th Street since 1959, recently received a diploma for the Class of 1949 — the year he would have graduated.

Some states, including Oregon, allow veterans of early and mid-20th-century wars to receive diplomas if they attended the school and entered military service before finishing.

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