By Dianne Weaver 2001

Thousand of men marched off to World War II and the Korean War before they completed their high school education. West Virginia contributed more soldiers per capita than any other state, and has chosen to recognize and award them with diplomas in 2001. The Calhoun County school system will be issuing the documents to at least six men.

One of the veterans to be recognized will be at the April 2 Board of Education meeting. Charles McCray of Parkersburg will be there to receive his diploma. County School Superintendent Ron Blankenship said "We gave the veterans their option of coming to the board meeting, attending graduation, or having the diploma mailed to them."

Others on the list:

ADRIAN BALL (1950) will be present at graduation.

JAMES BILLEY (1946) requested the diploma be mailed to him, but might attend graduation depending on health.

HALL V. FRANCIS (1940) has already received his Veteran's Diploma, but may participate in this years graduation ceremony.

EUELL HOSKINS, JR. (1950) will attend the graduation ceremony.

CHARLES MC CRAY (1945) will receive his diploma at the April 2 Board meeting.

RICHARD PAUL PARSONS (1954) lives in Florida and asked his diploma be mailed to him.

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