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© @RepBrianHiggins via Twitter World War II veteran Sydney Cole (right), with his 97-year-old brother Irving, received his high school diploma & medals on Friday during a special ceremony in Buffalo, New York.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A 102-year-old World War II veteran who served with Canadian and American forces and survived captivity by the Nazis has received his high school diploma and overdue medals.
Sydney Cole dropped out of his Buffalo, New York, high school in the 1930s. Rejected by the U.S. Army Air Corps before America entered the war, Cole headed across the border and joined the Canadian Royal Air Force.
He was discharged after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and joined the U.S. Army in …
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