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Korean War veteran will finally get his diploma

WEST ALLIS (WKOW) — For most high school graduates, it takes four years to get a diploma.

But for one who will walk across the stage this week, it has taken 70.

Ron Ziolecki was 17 when he joined the Marines and went to fight in the Korean War.

When he returned he got a job, but never a diploma.

Now, that will change.

His neighbor is West Allis school board member Dan Bailey, who urged the district to award the veteran a diploma.

Ziolecki, now 86, said it will be one of the highlights of his life.

“It’s going to say this is what I worked, this is what I fought for,” Ziolecki said. “I didn’t abandon you school. I just left it. But I’m coming back. I forgot something.”

Ziolecki will get his diploma along with more than 80 students at the James E. Dottke High School graduation Thursday at Nathan Hale High School.

Chris Watkins

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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