Sunday, August 31 2014 5:20 AM EDT2014-08-31 09:20:57 GMT
Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44...Full Story >
Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops...Full Story >
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The Alaska Earthquake Center says a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit 43 miles northwest of Fairbanks on Saturday night.Full Story >
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit 43 miles northwest of Fairbanks on Saturday night.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
About 800 Muskies will walk down the aisle and receive their diploma in ten days.
While they all have their own stories, one student in particular is sure to stand out in the crowd. Walter Bunker has seen and done a lot in his lifetime.
Who wouldn't at 90-years-old?
He's a World War II veteran who is earning a degree seven decades in the making. Next weekend, lifelong dream will come true.
In June 1944, Walter Bunker was fighting overseas during World War II.
"I did not qualify to be a pilot. I decided to try to become a navigator, bombardier," Bunker says.
Before enlisting, he spent a year in school on a scholarship playing the violin. Once he was honorably discharged, Bunker tried college again before starting to work with his uncle.
"I felt a little embarrassed that I could never say I had a degree," he admits. "I was further put down by all my kids talking about all the degrees they had."
That's when he visited Xavier's Office of the Registrar.
"She said, I'll tell you, Walter, I'll send away and get all your transcripts. I wondered if they had kept them for 70 years," says Bunker
As it turns out, they did keep those.
"She called me in a week and said, 'Walter, you're very close to earning a degree. You only need two credits.'"
Bunker has never stopped learning. He has a long background in things like real estate, teaching and writing. That writing has earned him a liberal arts degree after sharing two stories with a professor.
"He called me and said, 'Walter, you can start sending out invitations to your graduation'"
When he does that, Bunker will have some company.
A veteran of the War in Iraq, albeit 60 years younger, will escort him.
"This is going to be one of the biggest honors of my life, to take a man of his caliber and help him graduate, and something that means a lot to him," says Ryan Hoefer.
In the time it took to get this degree, Bunker's life has been full of joyous moments. He has 10 children, 21 grandchildren and the love of his life Martha for the last 65 years.
"It's sort of the culmination of my life," says Bunker.
Hoefer and bunker only met yesterday. Hoefer will also get a degree next week.
In 90 years you can imagine the stories Bunker has to tell. You can view the full interview here:
Saturday, August 30 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:57:07 GMT
A New York teenager has died after he crashed a lamborghini into a guard rail while taking it for a test drive. According to FOX News, 18-year-old Samuel Shepard was driving on a county road in MountFull Story >
A New York teenager has died after he crashed a lamborghini into a guard rail while taking it for a test drive.Full Story >
Saturday, August 30 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:34:11 GMT
The Coast Guard says the pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.Full Story >
A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday.Full Story >