George Hulka Jr., is a highly decorated veteran from Saratoga County, having received several awards – including the Bronze Star – and an honorable discharge in 1945 after battling the Germans in Northern France during World War II. He also survived the D-Day invasion at Normandy.
Now the 100-year-old has yet another honor to add to his resume – high school graduate.
Via the Times Union:
An “Old Reliable” who fought for years in World War II will graduate from high school Saturday, two months after turning 100 years old.
George Hulka Jr., attended a one-room schoolhouse as a kid until eighth grade and then worked on his family’s dairy farm in the town of Saratoga until the military plucked him for duty in 1941. A combat infantryman, Hulka rifled his way across north Africa and Europe for nearly three years and fought Nazis in eight combat campaigns. He survived the decisive D-Day invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944, and subsequent battles in France and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge.
On Saturday, several family members will look on as the ex-soldier receives a high school diploma from the Schuylerville School District.
Hulka took part in a program called “Operation Recognition,” a statewide program that allows school districts to issue diplomas to veterans who lived in the state and attended New York schools but weren’t able to finish their education. He will take part in a graduation ceremony scheduled for this Saturday.
Hulka attended school until the 8th grade – the last grade offered at that time in his district.
Graduating alongside the 100-year-old will be a special student. Hulka will be sharing the stage with his 19-year-old great-grandson who is a member of Schuylerville’s Class of 2014.