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Back in 1932, just mere months before his fellow classmates walked on Graduation Day at Classical High School, Everett Sunderland left the institution prematurely to enlist in the United States Navy as a radio operator.
Ever since, Sunderland always said that he would return home.
On June 5, after an eight-decade wait, the 96-year-old Navy veteran who has resided in East Greenwich since 1972 at long last received his high-school diploma from Classical in front of friends, family and a vociferous contingent of graduates representing the Class of 2012.
Read all about it in the June 21 Pendulum.