83-year-old Korean War vet honored with diploma at Huntington Beach High School
At 83-years-old. This is no ordinary pregame bbq for Richard Allen Seaberry
Al Seaberry says, "What can I say, this is terrific!"
He's here not just to cheer on his Huntington Beach High School Oilers.
But to fill a hole that's been empty for decades.
"This school means a lot to me"
Even though Al played track and football here at Huntington Beach high school. He dropped out as a junior back in 1950 and joined the Navy.
"I was slouching in classes, not doing much so I enlisted.
10 minutes later the Korean War started
I had no idea I was going off to Korea but we did."
He served his country proudly doing two tours on destroyers off Korea.
He went on to earn his general equivalency degree and a bachelors from Cal State Long Beach, but he never did cross the stage to get his high school diploma.
He says, "I always wanted my diploma from Huntington Beach High School this school meant a lot to me."
But on this night at halftime, it was al's moment to don a cap and gown.
With his entire family watching
Including his wife, a former high school classmate
They've been together now for 64 years.
And together for this moment, celebrating his graduation.
Anne Seaberry says, "I'm so excited, this has really been a special special time, what a blessing this is."
Al's message to future generations, "Stay in school, never give up or drop out."
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