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High school awards posthumous diploma to D-Day casualty

May 24, 2019

NORWOOD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school has posthumously awarded a diploma to soldier who died during World War II’s D-Day invasion.

WCVB-TV reports that the family of Private Thomas McDonough recently received the diploma from Norwood High School.

The flag that covered McDonough’s casket will also be raised on the high school’s flagpole on Memorial Day.

The 23-year-old Norwood native died during the Allied invasion of German-occupied France on June 6, 1944.

The television station reports McDonough was a member of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

He was shot and killed while parachuting into the battle at Normandy and is buried in France along with other soldiers.

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Information from: WCVB-TV, http://www.thebostonchannel.com

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