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Operation Recognition

Operation Recognition
Military Service

Throughout the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II many Japanese-American citizens were interned in relocation camps in various locations across the United States. Some veterans who served were not able to finish high school and receive their diplomas due to military service or Jim Crow laws in effect at the time. Veterans and Japanese-American citizens now have the opportunity to be granted diplomas as a gesture of gratitude for the sacrifices they made.

Honoring Veterans with diplomas

Each year, Solano County Office of Education honors veterans and Japanese-Americans who were not able to receive a high school diploma due to war circumstances with retroactive diplomas through Operation Recognition. Families can apply for a diploma on behalf of their loved ones, living or deceased. The recognition ceremony will be held Friday, March 24, 2023, at Solano County Office of Education located at 5100 Business Center Dr. in Fairfield. 

Who Is Eligible?
  • Individuals who served in World War II, the Korean War or Vietnam War and were honorably discharged from their military service.
  • Japanese-American citizens who left high school due to internment in World War II relocation camps.
  • Families may apply for Operation Recognition diplomas on behalf of eligible persons who are deceased.

Eligibility Specifics

  • All recipients must have been enrolled in a high school prior to enlistment in military service or internment in a World War II relocation camp.
  • Military service must have been during the following periods: 

       WWII – December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946

Korean War – June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955 

Vietnam War – February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

  • Japanese-American citizens must show proof of having been interned in a relocation camp during the period of September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946.


How To Apply

Complete the Operation Recognition diploma application and submit it along with the required documentation of military service or internment.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2023.

Email application and documents to 

Or mail application and documents to:
Solano County Office of Education
Attn: Johanna Borrelli
5100 Business Center Drive 
Fairfield, CA 94534

Assistance with Military Documents

Please provide verification of military service and discharge papers. For assistance in obtaining a copy of the necessary documentation, please contact Al Sims at the Solano County Veterans Service Office at (707) 784-6590, 675 Texas Street, Suite 4700, Fairfield, CA 94533.


The ceremony will take place at the Solano County Office of Education in-person on March 24, 2023.

Additional Information

California law (Education Code §51440) authorizes the granting of retroactive high school diplomas to eligible Veterans. Effective January 1, 2004, California Assembly Bill 781 was enacted as law (Education Code §51430), specifically authorizing the retroactive granting of diplomas to persons whose internment by federal order in World War II prevented them from graduating from their hometown high school. Similar programs have been implemented in other regions of California, as well as across the nation.


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