by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/16/13, 04:15 pm
A World War II veteran received his high school diploma this month more than seven decades after he left school to join the Navy.
“The only thing I regret is that I never went to 12th grade,” said Leonard Puma, 88, who now lives in McKeesport, Pa. At the time he avoided graduation because he was embarrassed he couldn’t afford a $9 suit for the ceremony.
“He never shared this with anyone,” said his daughter, Lisa Puma, of Alexandria, Va. “It always bothered him that he never received it.”