94-year-old veteran from Circleville graduates high school


A 94-year-old World War II veteran did something he's always wanted to do, Sunday: He graduated from high school.

Cpl. Robert Lockard was originally a student at Circleville High School who would have graduated in 1944.

Before he could do that, though, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Air Corps 354th Infantry 89th Division. His service took him through Normandy, Northern France and Central Europe during World War II.

Sunday afternoon, Lockard was honored at Circleville High School's graduation ceremony.

He says it was an emotional day that was 74 years in the making.

"It means everything to me, everything," he said. "All these years, man, I thought about this."

Lockard is the recipient of a European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, three Bronze Star designations and a World War II Victory Medal.