SHERMAN, Texas (WFLA/KXII) – A 91-year-old wanted to graduate high school with his classmates back in the 1940s, but he had something more important to do.
Talma Sadler helped the United States win World War II.
Sadler felt called to join the military, but he was only 16.
“And so I told them I was 18 and they drafted me,” he said.
He served in the Pacific and was there when Japan surrendered in 1945.
This weekend in Oklahoma, he finally realized his dream that he’s been holding onto for 70 plus year… walking across the stage to get his diploma!
“It’s a big thrill, to get that diploma,” said Sadler.
Thanks to the state veteran’s high school diploma program, Sadler’s dream came true.
The program allows anyone who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War to get their diploma.
Sadler’s plans now that he has that diploma?
“You going on to college?” a reporter asked.
“Probably will,” said Sadler.