Two former Des Moines North High School students were honored for their military service Friday, and one of them finally got his diploma.
Vernon ‘Paul’ Young was set to graduate in the spring of 1942 when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. Young enlisted in the Navy the next day.
He was one semester away and a few credits short of graduating but at a ceremony Friday morning he was presented with an honorary diploma.
His older brother, Marion Young, was also honored at the ceremony. Marion graduated in 1939 then enlisted in the Marine Corps.
He was serving aboard the USS Nashville in the Philippine Sea when his ship was attacked in 1944. He and 133 other service members were killed.