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A Des Moines area high school is paying respects to two former students and World War II veterans this Friday.

In honor of Memorial Day, North High School will hold a service for brothers Vernon and Marion Young.

Vernon “Paul” Young was a student at North High School from 1939 to 1941. He was due to graduate in the spring of 1942, but chose to enlist in the United States Navy on December 8, 1941, one day after the assault on Pearl Harbor. He will be presented with an honorary diploma at the ceremony.

North High School also will pay tribute to Paul’s older brother, Marion “Peter” Young. A Marine, Marion was killed in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in December of 1944 when a kamikaze pilot crashed his plane onto the deck of the USS Nashville. Along with Marion,133 other American Service members were killed.

The ceremony will take place at 8:45 a.m. in North High School’s gymnasium.

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