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Havreite receives diploma after 78 years


Last updated 6/2/2020 at 11:25am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

James Catt Sr. in holds his high school diploma that he received Monday, 78 years after he was drafted into the U.S. Navy before he could finish high school.

A local Eagles Manor resident received his high school diploma Monday, 78 years after his senior year at a Kansas high school.

"I'm real proud of it," 94-year-old James Catt Sr. said. "They're good people back there and they sent it to me."

He said he was just tickled to receive at his age.

Catt was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943 for service during World War II before he could graduate from high school.

He said his daughter Myrna Catt Vernon arranged to have all his papers sent down to Rossville Junior-Senior High School in Rossville, Kansas.

"I decided my dad is a self taught kno...

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