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Ohio high school awards posthumous diploma to WWII veteran – WLWT Cincinnati

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A local veteran was honored with a posthumous diploma from Goshen High School during a special ceremony on Thursday.
The school held a ceremony to honor Richard Albert Burger, a gunner’s mate third class, who left high school early to serve in the Navy.
He was aboard a ship headed to Pearl Harbor when the attack took place.
He was then assigned to a Pacific fleet upon America’s entrance into World War II.
He was wounded in action and returned to the United States for hospitalization before returning to the Pacific, where he earned five medals and seven stars.
He was honorably discharged in 1945.
After the war, he got married and bought a home in Pleasant Plain, Ohio, where he raised two daughters. He went to school to be a barber and set up a shop next to his house.
He died in 1997 at age 73.
The ceremony honored Burger with his own chair, donning a graduation cap and gown and a picture of him and his wife.
The diploma was accepted by members of his family, including his daughter and grandchildren.
Ohio law allows public school districts to confer a high school diploma to veterans who have served in any branch of armed services between Sept. 16, 1940, and the end of the Vietnam War.
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