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WWII vet gets high school diploma

Mary Drier

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:33:53 EST

 


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Tuscola County's only World War II Normandy Invasion veteran, Gerald Johnston, 94, finally received his high school diploma.

The Caro School District presented Johnston, of Kingston, with a diploma that he didn't get because he was serving his country.

At just 19 years old, he arrived on the shores of Omaha Beach at Normandy, France, on the second day of the invasion - June 7, 1944.

"He was carrying 80 pounds of gear on his back as he left the LST boat (Landing Ship Transport) in six feet of water for the shores," according to Kingston historian Richard Peter.

"Over the next 10 months, the 753rd Tank Battalion, armed with a tank, fought their way into Germany."

Johnston is well known through out the area for his music. He enjoys playing his guitar and performing his interpretation of country-music star Merle Haggard's work.

And, true to form, Johnson entertained the board of education with his musical talents.


   

 

 

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