High school diplomas honor wartime veterans, WWII internees

The Sacramento County Office of Education will award high school diplomas to two groups of people: Japanese American citizens who did not finish high school because of World War II relocation to an internment camp and U.S. veterans in the military during wartime.

The program, “Operation Recognition,” also is available to veterans who served in the Korean War or the Vietnam War.

Since the county board of education created the program in 2001, 174 veterans and Japanese American citizens have received diplomas. Nine of those were awarded posthumously.

Sacramento County residents are encouraged to seek diplomas for themselves or qualifying family members, including those who are deceased. The deadline is April 15, and the next diploma ceremony is set for May 5.

Participation is free. For an application, visit the web at or call (916) 228-2416, or write Operation Recognition, P.O. Box 269003, Sacramento, CA 95826-9003.

Applications are also available from the Sacramento County Veterans Service Office, 2007 19th St., Sacramento, CA 95818.

Sacramento County applicants must show proof of honorable discharge from U.S. military service occurring during WW II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War; Japanese American citizens should provide evidence of internment in a WWII relocation camp.

All applicants should give the name of the high school the person attended at time of military induction or internment.

Family members may submit the paperwork for applicants, living or deceased.

Call The Bee’s Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee.