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Published September 22, 2012, 05:16 PM

After 70 years a WWII veteran receives an honorary diploma

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A World War 2 Veteran and former Fargo Central High School attendee, can now, after 70 years call himself a high school graduate. Teddy Wong was drafted into Army during his junior year, but today received an honorary diploma.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A World War 2 Veteran and former Fargo Central High School attendee, can now, after 70 years call himself a high school graduate. Teddy Wong was drafted into Army during his junior year, but today received an honorary diploma.

Teddy Wong donned his cap and gown much later than his high school classmates. But at 88 years old, he received an honorary diploma.

Wong: "It has taken me nearly 70 years to get my diploma, but I'm here and I'm ready to finally graduate. Oh that's something."

Wong was born in North Dakota, but spent early school years in China. His family moved back when he was 13, and he attended Fargo Central High School.

It would be halfway through his junior year, in 1943 when Wong was drafted into the U.S. Army.

He served for three years, often in the first or second waves of attack. Then he lived in China, and returned to Fargo in 1949 to start a restaurant with his wife, Laura.

Wong: "I was 21 when I left the service and i don't think i would have felt comfortable sitting in the classroom with 16 year olds."

Wong's daughters contacted Fargo North High school about the honorary diploma. It is the first one the school has given in at least two decades.

Andy Dahlen/Fargo North Principal: "it gives recognition to someone who has contributed so much he got his life lessons really in the Philippines overseas during World War II."

Now, Teddy and Laura own Roseville Minnesota's oldest family-owned business: the House of Wong restaurant.

And today, he can add a high school diploma to his list of accomplishments.

Wong's ceremony was part of North's annual Hall of Fame ceremony.

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