The Sacramento County Board of Education awarded high school diplomas yesterday to 12 Sacramento-area residents through a new program. Called Operation Recognition, veterans and Japanese American citizens who were unable to continue high school due to World War II or the Korean War are honored with a high school diploma.
Receiving diplomas at the ceremony were:
- Richard L. Aiello (Marine, Korean War)
- Maurice Carsey (Army, Korean War)
- Jim Noburu Fujikawa (Internee, World War II)
- Terry Teruko Fujikawa (Internee, World War II)—posthumous award
- Akira Iwatsuru (Internee, Army, World War II)
- Earl Keer (Navy, World War II)
- Darrell Moore (Navy, Korean War)
- Masahiro Nakajo (Internee, Army, Korean War)
- Charles W. Perkins (Army, World War II)
- Keith L. Roberts (Navy, Korean War)
- Mike Wokich (Army Air Corps, World War II)
- William Young (Air Force, Korean War)
Operation Recognition applications are available through local veterans organizations, branches of the Sacramento Public Library, and at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE). Interested persons can also call the Sacramento County Office of Education Public Information Office: (916) 228-2417. The program was adopted unanimously by the Board of Education in October 2001.