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James Thomas left Allen Public Schools at the age of 17 in 1949. He was sent to boot camp in Lousiana where the recruiters discovered he was not 18. He was asked to sign a waiver to enlist because of being under the legal age to join the Army and so, Mr. Thomas joked, saying that he had to change his date of birth to serve his country.”
Mr. Thomas served from 1949 to 1952 during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in the Army. Mr. Thomas petitioned to receive a Veteran’s Diploma from the Oklahoma State Department and asked to receive his diploma from Allen Public Schools and Superintendent Harman and the Allen Board of Education were honored to present him with this diploma during the Veterans’ Day Program at the school auditorium Monday, November 11, 2013.
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