86-year-old WWII vet in Ohio goes back to school, gets diploma

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MASSILLON, Ohio – An 86-year-old World War II vet has gone back to school and received a diploma.

James Grammer made quite an impression since he started Massillon’s Adult Basic Literacy Education program a year ago.

“I’ve had to learn a lot that I didn’t know,” Grammer said. “I learned a lot in life, but not as far as schoolwork was concerned.”

Grammer quit school when he was in ninth grade, so he could go to work to help support his parents and six siblings.

Not long after, in 1945, he was drafted into the Army during World War II. He was sent to the Philippines.

“At first I thought he was maybe just a teacher,” said 19-year-old Patricia Icenhower, of Grammer. “Then, I’d seen him and realized he was a student, and I was just like, ‘Wow!’”

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