Solano County Wants to Give Retroactive Diplomas to Veterans and Victims of Japanese Internment

If you know of any Solano County residents who never received their high school diplomas because of military service or because they were interned in relocation camps during WWII, the Solano County Office of Education wants to hear from you.

Solano education officials have extended the deadline to apply for “Operation Recognition,” which seeks to award retroactive diplomas to men and women who were unable to finish high school due to military service or detainment in World War II-era internment camps. Applicants have until Friday, October 19 to submit their paperwork. Recipients will be honored during a ceremony next month.

"This is a small gesture of our society's gratitude for the sacrifices made in the name of freedom,” said Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson (Suisun City Patch). “These Veterans and previously interned Japanese-American citizens will be presented with diplomas and the experience of graduation that they missed."

Eligibility is limited to honorably discharged veterans of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Japanese-Americans who were interned during WWII. They must have been enrolled in high school before internment or enlistment in the military. Awards will also be granted posthumously to those who have passed.

To apply online, visit To do so by phone, call 707- 399-4429. You can also visit the Solano County Office of Education in person at 5100 Business Center Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534.


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