Veteran receives diploma through Operation Recognition

High school diploma – An Operation Recognition Oswego High School diploma was presented to veteran John “Jack” Rucynski (middle) by Oswego Board of Education President John Dunsmoor and Superintendent of Schools William Crist.

The Oswego Board of Education presented an “Operation Recognition” Oswego High School diploma to another veteran during the Feb. 28 meeting.

John “Jack” Rucynski was the recipient of his diploma as presented by Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist and board President John Dunsmoor.

Rucynski was a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army. He served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1965. He has served in a variety of other capacities for the military over the years.

After leaving the military, he worked for the New York State Police for a number of years.

Operation Recognition began back in the 1990s to recognize World War and Korean veterans who never took part in graduation ceremonies with their high school classes.

“If anyone knows of someone in their family, a friend who might not have received a high school diploma because they were in the service, please contact the district clerk’s office and we will move forward with getting that person a deserved diploma,” District Clerk Bill Foley said.

He can be reached at 341-2020.

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