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Jun 6, 2014 5:20 PM by Jennifer Lira

Vietnam Vet Graduates High School

CORPUS CHRISTI - He may be the oldest local high school graduate this year, but he's also the proudest.

Vietnam Veteran Oscar Uribe, 67, is nervously preparing for high school graduation. Fifty years ago, Uribe made a decision that put his life at risk and high school experience on hold. He decided to join the Marine Corps and head to Vietnam.

But he was only 17-years old and needed permission from his parents. It took a lot of convincing. He says he told his father, "Listen dad, right now you're not working, my sister's the only one supporting the family. If I leave, that's one less mouth to feed and one more source of income," Uribe promised his parents, "If finishing school is what concerns you, I will finish with my GED while in the military."

Uribe made good on his promise. He joined the Marines and then completed his GED in 1966. However, he always regretted missing out on graduation. So, he decided to take a chance.

"I don't want to 'what if' the rest of my life. What if I had asked and they said yes?"

The former Marine called up Robstown High School and asked if it would be possible to receive a high school diploma. The school said yes.

Now, fifty years later, Uribe is finally getting his chance to wear a cap and gown. He'll walk the stage Friday night at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds with the Robstown High School graduating Class of 2014.

"I'm going to fulfill a promise that I had made to my parents, which is to graduate."

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