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Graduation For 89-Year-Old Heals World War II Internment Wounds

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — An 89-year-old man who missed his 1942 graduation because he was locked in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans has finally fulfilled his dream.

Don Miyada walked with the Class of 2014 last week at Newport Harbor High School — 72 years after he was denied his own cap and gown.

Miyada was 17 when he was sent with more than 17,000 other detainees to a camp in the Arizona desert shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.

He was later awarded his diploma but never got to celebrate with his class.

Miyada went on to serve in the U.S. Army and became a professor at the UC Irvine but had always missed that graduation moment.

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