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    Clarence Smoyer, a World War II veteran and Lehighton native, looks at an honorary high school diploma he received from Lehighton Area School District on Monday night. Smoyer, who turned 96 on Tuesday,
    Smoyer left school in the 10th grade to support his family and later served in the U.S. Army.
    He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division, one of America’s two heavy armored divisions, later known as “The Spearhead Division.” Smoyer served as a loader and gunner on a Sherman tank. One of his most notable moments in his military career was during the battle for Cologne, Germany. He fought a duel with a German Panther tank at the city’s cathedral.
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    Clarence Smoyer, a World War II veteran and Lehighton native, is presented with an honorary high school diploma on Monday night. Wayne Wentz, a Vietnam veteran and Lehighton Area School District director, presented the diploma to Smoyer during the Lehighton Area School Board meeting, amid a standing ovation. Smoyer, who left school in 10th grade to support his family, turned 96 on Tuesday. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division, one of America’s two heavy armored divisions, later known as “The Spearhead Division.” Smoyer served as a loader and gunner on a Sherman tank. One of his most notable moments in his military career was during the battle for Cologne, Germany. He fought a duel with a German Panther tank at the city’s cathedral. Smoyer is the subject of a book, “Spearhead” by Adam Makos. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

Published June 26. 2019 01:06PM

 

Clarence Smoyer, a World War II veteran and Lehighton native, with an honorary high school diploma on Monday night. Wayne Wentz, left, a Vietnam veteran and Lehighton Area School District director, presented the diploma to him during the Lehighton Area School Board meeting, amid a standing ovation. Smoyer, who left school in 10th grade to support his family, turned 96 on Tuesday. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division, one of America’s two heavy armored divisions, later known as “The Spearhead Division.” Smoyer served as a loader and gunner on a Sherman tank. One of his most notable moments in his military career was during the battle for Cologne, Germany. He fought a duel with a German Panther tank at the city’s cathedral.

Smoyer is the subject of a book, “Spearhead” by Adam Makos. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

 

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Congratulations Clarence Smoyer, your service is well respected.

The right to authorize diplomas in this fashion is documented in the PA School Code. Why wasn't ALL the veterans sought out and awarded their diplomas is just another moral question to ask the Lehighton Board.

Just as why wasn't ALL the local Vietnam veterans honored. Wayne Wentz has notably and repeatededly acknowledged his friend, but the others, ALL should be the historical focus.

The Jericho plan i pitched years ago now honored ALL. Ask Wayne Wentz.

Sincerely,

Citizen David F. Bradley Sr.
What do you get when Director Yenser fails to do his duty as treasurer, Rubber-stamping Rita chooses to ignore common sense, wasteful Wayne Wentz a veteran that fought in foreign lands to defend the constitution yet fails to uphold it locally, Larry Stern's claims of immunity and Steve Holland's proposal to spend money on lighting up the student's bleachers yet fails to give students their rights in the classrooms?

Well, a tax increase and the Lehighton Area School District Government, of, by and for the administration. Five abdicating much of their authority to the very people they were elected to oversee in spite of their Oath of Office.


Sincerely,

Citizen David F. Bradley, Sr.

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