During the Veterans Program at the Wild Rose High School Auditorium on Nov. 10, Wild Rose Middle/High School Principal Chris Nelson presented World War II Veteran Herbert Maager with his high school diploma. The Wild Rose School Board approved the request during their Oct. 12 regular meeting.

Veteran Herbert Maager receives Wild Rose High School diploma

Wild Rose Middle/High School Principal Chris Nelson presented veteran Herbert Maager with his long-awaited high school diploma during the Veterans Program at the Wild Rose High School Auditorium Nov. 10. 

Maager had attended Wild Rose High School in 1946 and 1947, and would have graduated in 1950, but enlisted in the Navy at age 17 before completing high school. He was born on July 4, 1932, in Fond du Lac, and entered active duty on July 19, 1949, during World War II. 

During his time in the Navy, he served on the USNTC, Great Lakes, IL., USS Midway (CVA-41), and received a Navy Occupation Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from on April 23, 1953, as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy. 

Maager went on to receive his GED from the Kansas Department of Public Instruction on April 16, 1964, got married, and had two children, Mike and Michelle, who graduated from Wild Rose High School.

Even though he received his GED, his children felt he still would like a high school diploma. Maager went through proper procedures provided by the State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, and received approval from the Wild Rose School Board during their Oct. 12 regular meeting. 

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