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Area WWII veteran to receive high school diploma

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An area World War II veteran is set to receive his high school diploma later this week.

Joseph Shepos, 88, of Lower Paxton Township, enlisted in the Navy back in 1943 at the age of 17.

The Shamokin native served as a radioman, spending most of his time on a landing ship tank in the Pacific. He logged nearly 33,000 miles during his time onboard during WWII.

While on a 15-day leave, he married his high school sweetheart, Anne.

Shepos was honorably discharged in 1945.

On Wednesday, Shepos and his family are set to travel to Shamokin Area High School where he will be given a high school diploma.

“It's going to be a great day,” Shepos told abc27.

His diploma is made possible by Operation Recognition. The state says it "authorizes school districts to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who served in the United States military during World War II, Korean Conflict or Vietnam War."

On June 17, Joseph and Anne will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

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