72 years later, WWII vet finally included in class photo

(WKBW TV, YouTube)

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — It took more than 70 years to happen, but a World War II veteran's photograph has finally joined those of his high school classmates.

Ladislaus "Walter" Kostrzewski had accumulated enough credits to graduate early from Canisius High School in Buffalo in January 1944. But by the time his classmates received their diplomas in June, the 18-year-old had already been drafted and was serving in the Army Air Forces.

When the frame containing Class of 1944's senior portraits was hung in a hallway at the all-boys Catholic school, Kostrzewski's photo wasn't among the images of graduates in tuxedos.

That changed Tuesday when school officials held a ceremony to unveil a new class photo that includes the 90-year-old veteran's portrait in uniform, taken from his World War II military identification.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast