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 World War II Veteran Honored by County Board Of Education as Part of Operation Recognition

​World War II veteran and Sweetwater High alum Roy Shult, who was drafted by the United States Army in 1944, six months before his high school graduation, was awarded his high school diploma by the County Board of Education recently, part of the County Board’s Operation Recognition program.

“Thank you all,” said Shult, after his introduction by County Office of Education staff member Nicole Shina. “I’m speechless. Thank you all very much.”

County Board of Education member Jerry Rindone, who represents the South County on the Board, told Shult, “We’re very proud of your accomplishment. And now that you’re an official graduate of Sweetwater High, your accomplishment and achievement are being recognized by the County Board of Education.”

After being drafted, Shult attended boot camp in San Diego and then worked as Painter 3rd Class on maintenance ships stationed in the Phillipines and China. Shult received the victory medal for his service.

Shult is the seventh veteran to be honored by the County Board of Education in Operation Recognition. Others were: Kenneth Harwood (2004), Ralph Sarmiento (2005), Gustavo Alvarez (2005), Thomas Gravelle (2006), Theodore Acosta (2006), and Alfred Silva (2008).