Private First Class Marine and WWII Veteran Edward William Baron received his degree from Elmira High School nearly eight decades after enlisting in the Marines as a 17-year-old.
Now 94, Baron and his wife of 70 years were brought to Elmira High School by their granddaughter, who works for the school as a counselor. In a special ceremony in front of students and staff, Baron was introduced as an Elmira High School graduate.
In 1944, Baron served in three battles in the South Pacific, was a survivor of the Suicide Creek massacre, and received a Purple Heart. He enlisted after both his parents died early in his childhood.
After serving his country, Baron attended watchmaking school in Long Island at the Bulova School of Watch Making and went on to own two jewelry stores in Ithaca for nearly 41 years.