George Fricovsky and his grandson, David Walsh, both got emotional on Tuesday when Walsh presented him with a diploma from Riverside High School in Taylor, Pennsylvania.
Walsh is a vice principal in the same school district that his grandfather left in 1944 to fight in World War II.
Fricovsky's family invited him to a board meeting, where he thought he was going to lead the pledge of allegiance.
Instead, they presented him with his diploma.
“I was really surprised. I never expected this," Fricovsky said.
His daughter, Diane Nagy, said, "We wanted to surprise him, and David did a great job, so we're really happy."
Fricovsky was injured by a German hand-grenade while stationed in France.
He received an honorable discharge and a purple heart.
When he came home, he joined the labor force instead of finishing high school, so getting the diploma was very big deal for him.