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Better late than never: Vale veteran receives diploma after 70 years

Family and friends stepped in to make 90-year-old Robert Szczepanski's dream of a high school diploma a reality recently. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon).

VALE – It was a special case of better late than never for Vale resident Robert Szczepanski, who received his high school diploma Saturday, nearly 72 years after he would have gotten it if he hadn’t enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in World War II.

Szczepanski said getting a high school diploma has been the dream of his life.

His family and friends made it possible.

On Saturday, a representative from the Vallivue School District met Szczepanski and his current wife at their Vale home and presented him with a diploma from Ridgevue High School in Nampa. Sue Youngblood, the vice principal at Desert Springs Elementary within . . .