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November 12, 2013

Honoring those who have served

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“I wasn’t thinking about things like that,” Dickerson said. “The war was going full blast, and the only thing we knew was it was either daylight or dark. We didn’t even know what day it was. In combat, that’s all we were thinking about.”

When Dickerson returned to Ottumwa, he was told he was too old to complete his schooling, so he never received a diploma. On Monday, he was presented with an honorary diploma. In part, it reads that it is “presented to a true American hero who answered our nation’s call to war. His selfless service and dedication to his community, state and nation is a true testament to what has made the United States the greatest nation in the world.”

“I know you do a unit in sixth grade about heroism,” Superintendent Davis Eidahl told the students. “Today, you’re looking at heroes.”

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