101-Year-Old World War II Vet Commissioned His Grandson at Air Force Graduation


  • A  101-year-old World War II veteran traveled to Colorado late in May to commission his grandson, Joseph Kloc, at his Air Force Academy graduation ceremony.
  • It is an Air Force tradition that if a graduating serviceperson has a living relative who has also served in the military, they are the ones who commission them but due to Walter’s age, the family wondered if he could still attend the ceremony.
  • Walter Kloc, who served as both a bombardier and a pilot for the Army Air Force during WWII made it to Colorado Springs for the graduation with his son (and Joseph’s dad) William who traveled with him from Amherst, New York.

A  World War II veteran traveled to Colorado late in May to commission his grandson at his Air Force Academy graduation ceremony.

It is an American Air Force tradition that if a graduating serviceperson has a living relative who has also served in the military, they are the ones who commission them.

But Joseph Kloc’s grandfather is already 101 years old so the new grad’s family was wondering if the Army Air Force veteran would be able to make it to the ceremony and commission his grandson.

Walter Kloc made it to Colorado Springs for the graduation with his son (and Joseph’s dad) William who traveled with him from Amherst, New York. Walter served as both a bombardier and a pilot for the Army Air Force during WWII, William told local TV station WGRZ.

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