World War II Navy veteran graduates from college

Nearly 70 years ago, he had to leave school for work and to care for his family.
2:10 | 05/09/18

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Finally tonight, graduation day is always special, but this is definitely America strong. Bob Barger, from Toledo, Ohio. A World War II veteran. He joined the Navy right out of high school and flew during the war. He met his wife, Jeanne, at a dance and, after the war, they got married. Bob enrolled at the university of Toledo, but left for a job to support his family. And nearly 70 years after Bob took his last class, at the age of 96, a surprise. Haraz ghanbari, the head of military and veteran affairs at the university of Toledo, and Bob are friends. And haraz decided, without Bob knowing, that he would look up Bob's old school records. We were able to retrieve his transcripts from the archive. They were actually on microfiche. Reporter: It turned out Bob had actually completed enough credits for an associate's degree. And with a fellow veteran recording on their phone, haraz surprises Bob with the news. At 96, he's going to graduate. Here's the deal, Bob, we're going to give you your diploma? What? You're going to graduate this may. Yeah. Reporter: And just listen as it sinks in. I can't believe this. Yeah, and then you're going to -- I'm 96 years old. Reporter: And with commencement season here and haraz by his side, that world War II veteran who more than earned that diploma. Robert Edgar Barger. Please stand and be recognized. Reporter: The crowd on his feet. Holding that diploma up for everyone to see. And tonight, this message. Hi, David. This is Bob Barger. World War II naval aviator, and this is my diploma. And I'm very proud of it. Reporter: It's the best message we've received in a long time. And what was it like on that stage? Like I was in a different world. I felt very good. Reporter: And tonight, Bob says he's thankful. I never thought I'd live to see this. It's a miracle. We salute you, Bob. I'm David Muir. Good night.

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