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This Korean War veteran finally graduated from high school — 67 years after his classmates

This Korean War veteran finally graduated from high school — 67 years after his classmates

The judge’s ultimatum came 67 years ago: Enlist in the military or face juvenile detention for repeatedly skipping classes at San Diego High School.

Norm Johnson gladly joined the U.S. Air Force in April 1950. Even after he was deployed to Asia to fight in the Korean War, Johnson was sure he wouldn’t miss San Diego — save for the sports and judo lessons, which the slight 17-year-old took at his father’s urging. 

The ensuing decades were a blur of unbelievable jobs and encounters with dignitaries and celebrities —  bodyguard to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, backup dancer to Elvis Presley in “Jailhouse Rock” and racing cars with James Dean, among them — that Johnson...

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