A World War II veteran’s long-lost high school diploma was returned to his son six years after it disappeared, reports Christy Turner for fox30actionnewsjax.
The diploma belongs to Francis DiGiovanni, who graduated Upper Darby High School June 12, 1930.
Claudio Alvarado found the diploma in the parking lot of the Summer House Condominiums in Ponte Vedra Beach six years ago.
He posted his discovery to social media, which was picked up by news outlets.
David DiGiovanni said the diploma belonged to his father.
He shared pictures of his father’s yearbook photo and said he lost the diploma while moving.
An emotional reunion took place Thursday between DiGiovanni and Alvarado, along with their wives. The couples happen to live at the same complex and have previously crossed paths.
DiGiovanni lost his father in 1970 to cancer but said he lived a full life.
“My dad had been in the Merchant Marines. He served in the World War II. He had been all over the world,” DiGiovanni said.
He said the diploma reminds him of his father and he’s beyond thankful to have it back in his hands.
“This is priceless,” DiGiovanni said.
Learn more about the diploma reunion here.