Ohio school awards WWII veteran posthumous diploma

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — As it marks Veterans Day, a northeast Ohio school district is awarding a posthumous diploma for a man who was drafted into the military for World War II and died in Germany in 1944.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/VWo72q ) reports Harold L. Lytle was drafted before graduating from Norton High School in 1943. The Purple Heart recipient died during the storming of a German village and was buried in a cemetery in nearby Belgium.

Fellow veterans Joe Nedoh and Donald Verhotz were part of Lytle's high school class and say he deserves the honor of finally being considered a graduate. The 87-year-old Verhotz says he asked the school district about the diploma after reading about Lytle on a website.

Lytle was to be honored during a school assembly.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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