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World War II vet, 96, gets college degree nearly 70 years after taking his last class

World War II vet, 96, gets college degree nearly 70 years after taking his last class
World War II veteran Bob Barger clutches his diploma at commencement exercises Saturday at the University of Toledo in Ohio. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

A World War II veteran who flew planes for the Navy received his college degree and a standing ovation Saturday, 68 years after he took his last class.

Bob Barger, 96, was honored Saturday at the University of Toledo's commencement ceremony, where he received an associate's degree.

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A review of his transcripts from the late 1940s shows he completed enough classes to qualify for the degree, which wasn't offered when he was in school.

Barger came home to Toledo after the war and started taking college classes. But he never finished his degree because he was busy with a job and raising a family.

He says getting the degree reminds him of all the friends and family who've been a part of his life.

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