COAL TOWNSHIP — One day after the anniversary of D-Day, a World War II veteran in Northumberland County is marking another major milestone.
Elmer Shinskie never graduated from high school as he was drafted into the war.
“It is my sincere privilege to welcome Elmer Shinskie,” said Shamokin Area High School Principal Chris Venna.
And with that Elmer Shinskie officially became a graduate of Shamokin Area High School.
The 92-year-old World War II veteran was handed his high school diploma on stage with his family in front of a standing ovation inside the school’s auditorium Wednesday afternoon.
“He is here as part of the Operation Recognition Program which allows school districts to grant high school diplomas to eligible, honorable discharged veterans who served in the United States military during World War II,” said Venna.
Elmer attended Shamokin Area High School until 10th grade; any plans to return to high school were put on hold when Elmer was drafted into …