91-Year-Old Veteran Receives Diploma from Ohio High School with Great-Grandson

Yesterday, we celebrated the Fort Frye High School Class of 2020 with a virtual graduation experience that will later be made into a video production for our students and their families. We are hoping that this summer we can use one of our reserved dates to still have an in-person …
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An Ohio veteran is having an extra celebration this Memorial Day weekend as he will finally be graduating from high school at the age of 91.

Wilbert Antill of Warner received his diploma on Saturday from Fort Frye High School alongside his great-grandson, the Antill family told WJW.

Antill entered the Marine Corps in 1948 at the age of 18. He spent three years in Cherry Point, North Carolina, before he deployed to Korea in 1951.

Antill served as an airplane mechanic while serving overseas before he attained the rank of staff sergeant in 1952 and was honorably discharged.

After his discharge, he returned to Ohio, where he worked in numerous fields such as construction and at a bakery.

His family said he served as president of the local Home Builders Association for several years, president of the Washington County Board of Health for 12 consecutive terms, and was also a founding member of the Salem Township Fire Department where he served as chief for awhile.

Antill has also served as a traveling minister.

In 2018, Antill was ministering at Lower Paw Paw Church of Christ and shared during his sermon that his only regret in life was that he did not receive his high school diploma.

His granddaughter felt inspired and contacted Fort Frye High School. The school worked with the family and Antill to complete what he needed to graduate.

Antill wore his Marine dress blues, gown, cap, and received an honorary diploma from the school on Saturday.

All of Antill’s children graduated from Fort Frye High School, as did the majority of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Antill is not the only veteran who graduated from high school later in life.

A 95-year-old World War II veteran who went off to war instead of finishing high school finished his degree 74 years later, and World War II veteran Joe Perricone and Korean War veteran Bill William Arnold Craddock obtained their high school diplomas as part of the class of 2019.

All these men have in common is that they are showing the world that it is never too late to go back to school.


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