A World War II veteran who was drafted before he could finish high school received a very special birthday present this year.
John Kressley, who turned 91 on Nov. 7, accepted an honorary diploma from his alma mater, Davis High School, during a special celebration coordinated by his four children that more than 30 family members attended.
“He didn’t get to finish in 1942 because he got drafted, so his daughter requested an honorary diploma,” said Dr. Julissa Alcantar-Martinez, principal of Davis HS. “I was so proud as principal to be able to make this dream happen for him, and excited to connect history to reality for our students, and thank him for his service.”
“There are no words to express our gratitude for making this dream possible,” said Kressley’s daughter, Judy Smith. “My family and Dad were blown away by such generosity of spirit. His diploma was something he always regretted not having and stressed the importance of obtaining one to his children.”