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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It took half a century, but on Tuesday night a Bullitt County man finally got the one thing he says he's been missing all these years.
69-year-old Buddy Hunt got his high school diploma.
It even bears the name of his school: the old Shepherdsville High, and is dated 1962, the year he would have graduated.
Hunt left to serve in the military in the 1960's, including two years in Vietnam, which prevented him from graduating.
Tonight's presentation at the Bullitt County School board meeting came after a friend found out about a Kentucky law that allows those who left school to serve in combat to get their diplomas.
"It just felt like there was something missing, like in your life you had a lot of accomplishments, but there was a little bit of a guilt I think it was...for not receiving this diploma," says Hunt. "I think I did fairly well in life without it, but it was still...you felt incomplete."
Hunt says he doesn't plan to use it to start a new career.
After working 35 years for a Louisville trucking company, he now runs a repair shop out of his home.