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This profile was last updated on 12/16/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Board Member

Local Address: Auburn, Michigan, United States
The Auburn Williams Recreation Association

Employment History

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  • diploma
  • honorary diploma
    Auburn School District
  • high school diploma
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Willaim Warren, Township ..., 16 Dec 2013 [cached]
Willaim Warren, Township Representative
113 E Elm St., Auburn MI 48611 989-662-6761 - World War II vet gets honorary high school diploma, 16 Dec 2001 [cached]
AUBURN -- There were many moments during the early 1940s when Bill Warren wished he was back in high school instead of the South Pacific.
The World War II veteran never went back to high school, but Monday night he received an honorary diploma from the Auburn School District.
He donned a cap and gown -- Auburn High School green -- and shook Auburn High School Principal Randy Taylor's hand in front of several proud family members and friends at Monday night's School Board meeting.
"I'll cherish this and put it alongside my other awards," Warren said."This ranks right near the top."
Although Warren, 78, would have liked to earn his diploma with his classmates back in 1943, he really had no choice but to quit school and earn a living.
"Times were so tough," Warren said, recalling how his family struggled in St. John, N.D. "To be blunt about it, we didn't have anything to eat."
So Warren became an Army soldier.As a sergeant and a machine gunner he saw his share of death and destruction on the battlefield.He served five years and two months.
"I went through a lot of schools of hard knocks," Warren said.That's why earning his diploma was so special, he said.
After the war, he "bummed around a bit," and ended up in Cle Elum in 1949.It was there that he met and married his wife, Irene.The couple and their two children moved to the Auburn area in 1959 and have been here since.
Warren was able to receive his diploma because of recent legislation, state Senate Bill 6430's "Operation Recognition," which allows veterans who left high school to join the military during World War II to receive a diploma.The Senate bill allows veterans to obtain an honorary diploma from a Washington school district even if they never attended high school in Washington state.Several other states have passed similar bills.
Auburn school spokeswoman Daryl Thompson said Warren was able to receive a diploma from the Auburn School District because he has a "strong relationship" with the Auburn community.
Warren was instrumental in establishing the Auburn Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated in 2000.
"I worked on that for four years," Warren said of the memorial.
Now that Warren has his high school diploma, he's ready for college.
"I'm thinking about it," he said.
PHOTO by Robert Whale/Auburn Reporter: World War II veteran Bill Warren, 78, gets a hug from family friend Barb Krawpie after receiving his honorary high school diploma Monday night from the Auburn School District.
Parks and Recreation Board, 17 Nov 2012 [cached]
Willaim Warren, Township Representative
Williams Township Pathway, 23 Sept 2013 [cached]
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William Warren, Township ..., 16 Dec 2013 [cached]
William Warren, Township Representative
113 E Elm St., Auburn MI 48611 989-662-6761
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